Nosferatu, a name every Horror fan is familiar with, but where did it all begin?
In 1921, director FW Murnau founded the company Prana-Film to produce a series of horror films. Inspired by both the developing artistic and commercial successes of post-war German cinema, much of which was influenced by Expressionism, and the harsh economic reality of spiralling inflation, Prana-Film was an attempt to grab the attention of the prestigious and lucrative export market.
Stoker's widow, Florence, sued. But by the time the case reached court Murnau's rampant spending on publicity for Nosferatu had bankrupt Prana-Film. Despite Murnau's inability to pay she continued the case, and in July 1925 a German Court ordered all prints of the film to be burnt. But one copy of the film had already been distributed around the world, these prints were duplicated over the years.
This wasn't the only story surrounding the film, the legend has it that "Nosferatu" star Max Schreck who played Count Orlok was a real vampire. This legend of Murnau and Schreck having a deal that Schreck appear in his movie in return for being allowed to drain the entire cast and crew of their blood afterwards was the basis of the movie "Shadow Of The Vampire".
Another legend that surrounds the film is about the film’s producer, Albin Grau. He was fascinated by the occult and was known to be very friendly with the British occultist Aleister Crowley. Grau provided the extraordinarily detailed sketches and designs that gave the film its look. He is said to have had the inspiration for "Nosferatu" after watching a spider sucking the life blood out of a fly, Grau is also known to be another mysterious character.
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