When I saw all the marketing blurb about this film, I thought it would be pretty good. Modern vampire films are entertaining and exciting, but they very rarely scare me ([intlink id=”684″ type=”post”]30 Days of Night[/intlink] is an exception, but I think that was the gore more than anything!), so when I saw the information claiming that this film “continues to haunt and terrify modern audiences,” I thought Nosferatu would definitely be worth a watch.
I was disappointed. I’m not going to comment on the quality of filming, special effects or anything because the film is so old and the technology was nothing like today’s, so it’s not really relevant. However, I found this film pretty laughable. I thought the fact it was a silent film would add to the creepiness, but I found that the overacting in place to make up for lack of words just gave me the giggles.
The storyline of course, was good because it was based on Bram Stoker’s novel, published 24 years earlier than this film. But there seriously was no fear factor for me (and I’m a wimp!). All of the vampire’s skulking around, and appearing in doorways, staring out of windows etc, had me clutching my sides in mirth. Maybe that’s just me, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the reaction they were going for when they made this film.
Maybe I’m cynical, maybe I’ve seen too many other vampire movies and read too many vampire books, but there are certainly much scarier things out there than this. This is not a patch on Dracula the novel – simply because drawing your own imagery from your imagination can be so much more effective. Unless you’re a total film buff, or know someone that is, I’d give this a miss.