|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.
— WhatWeDoInTheShadows (@DeliciousNecks) September 10, 2014
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.