WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS: Vampire Profiles: Count Orlok

Lookin’ good in 1922!

Few vampires are as adorable as Count Orlok, well, adorable in a terrifying, inconceivably ancient way. He is the prince of plague and rats, whether in F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece, Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) or in Werner Herzog’s 1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht.

1979 and still feeling confident enough to creep on the honeys.

And he brings a hip German Expressionist style to vampirism, which can get stuffy and aristocratic sometimes. Or worse, very corporate.

Ethan Hawke realizes he will be wearing a suit, going to work and having to deal with his jerk boss for eternity.

Some say that Orlok was just a way getting Dracula on film without provoking the Stoker estate. Those people are haters. Sure, the vampire in Nosferatu, Phantom Der Nacht, is called, “Dracula,” but I know in my heart that he is truly Count Orlok.

So enjoy this common domain version of Murnau’s film.

And this trailer for Herzog’s.

 

UPDATE: We have received a response from three Antipodean Vampires at the Twitter account, @DeliciousNecks. Click the link to see hot as sexy hot sauce gif that we cannot embed because of our ancient yet adorable talons and wizened brains.

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS screening times:
Fri., Sept. 12th, 11:59 PM, RYERSON
Sat., Sept. 13th, 9:30 PM, SCOTIABANK 12
Sun., Sept. 14th, 3:45 PM, SCOTIABANK 3

This post was originally published on the Midnight Madness Program Blog of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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