“Horror films are a universal genre in that they appeal to the entire world. Whereas, say comedy, that doesn’t really travel sometimes. But horror does. What scares somebody here in Los Angeles probably scares somebody in Hong Kong. People have tried for years to think ‘what is it that scares people and I’ll make a movie about that.’ Well, it’s not that simple… The question is: what is it that you have as a storyteller? What do you have to give to the audience that makes your story compelling?”
Nosferatu is a 1922 German silent horror film and is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stokers Dracula. Unable to obtain the rights names were changed. Nosferatu (Vampire) and Count Orlock (Count Dracula). Heirs of Bram Stokers sued and the court ordered all copies to be destroyed. All except one survived. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece and is a classic of the horror genre. It pains me to think that this film could have easily been lost forever had it not been for that one surviving copy. This film gave me my first experience of fear in memory. I was seven years old when I walked out into the living room. My dad was on the phone so I was alone. The TV was already on and the scene played out on the screen in front of me. Count Orlock played by Max Schreck rose from his coffin and his shadow was on the wall as he walked up the stairs. This is highly regarded as the most iconic scene from the film. I stood there in shock before I ran to my parents room and hid under the covers. I can not remember anything after that but that image of him rising and walking up the stairs is burned in my brain. There has been no film since that has affected me in suck away. If you haven’t scene it I highly recommend it. If you are a horror fan, silent film fan or you are interested in directing it is defiantly the film for you.