Nosferatu (Vampire, Count Orlok, Count Dracula, Vamp, Bird of Death)
Nosferatu is a German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau.
This was the first and only film put out by Prana Film, due to the fact
that the company was sued for copyright infringement. Nosferatu was an
adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Since Murnau could not get the
rights to the original novel changes had to be made. Nosferatu
represented vampires and Count Dracula became Count Orlok. Obviously
this was not enough of a change and the court ordered all prints of
the film to be destroyed. By the time the courts ordered this, copies
of the film had already been sent around the world.
The film Nosferatu is the only reason why vampires can be harmed by
sun light. This was never part of vampire mythology until the creation
of this movie. Another influence the movie created was a more
grotesque rodent like vampire as opposed to the more seductive type.
Nosferatu is a great film and a true cult classic with all of the
drama surrounding it. The Nosferatu type of vampire has reached a true
iconic status. Dozens of artists have made there own depiction of
Nosferatu. You can see its influence in art, paintings, toys, apparel,
dolls, and even graffiti.
Here are a few other artists interpretations of the beloved Nosferatu.
Pop Surreal artist Todd Schorr
Graffiti artist Futura 2000
Artist dKiller Panda Monster Theater PVC set 1