An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential vampire film, crafted by legendary German director F. W. Murnau. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or debonair gentleman, Murnau's Graf Orlok is a nightmarish, spidery creature of bulbous head and taloned claws, perhaps the most disturbing incarnation of vampirism ever (from the International Lens program).

The music consisted primarily of trombone, keyboard and strings backed by percussion with occasional use of electric guitar. A Theremin created an eerie effect, enhancing the chilling atmosphere of the movie. The elaborate orchestration developed and expanded as the film progressed, introducing a new melody when movie-Orlock first appeared. When a messenger banged a drum in the movie, Rats and People's drummer delivered an appropriate burst of sound ... a high-quality screening of a great movie and a top-notch musical performance.

-Ben Ries from insidevandy

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