release year:1922 genre:horror viewing setting:home VHS, 2/24/01 and home DVD, 11/21/97 what I expected:an old horror movie with lots of shadows what I got:pretty much that
synopsis:In a re-telling of the Dracula story, Count Orlok comes to Germany, and must be stopped by the few who understand what he is.
impressions:This was an "Expressionist" movie, and used a lot of shadows and lighting tricks, as well as moody music. It was silent, with text panels in-between the action. I enjoyed watching it, and it's an outstanding work for its time.
acting:Since this was a silent movie, facial and body expressions were everything. While the other actors and actresses did a good job, it was the gaunt, freaky-looking Max Schreck who brought the vampire Orlok to grisly life.
final word:Worth watching, but may not hold up to repeated viewing unless you're a vampire fan.
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