Monday, February 29, 2016
At windows they hover, and peer
And in, at your lover, they leer
Transmuting, they land,
This suit-wearing band,
To dinner, 'neath covers, draw near.
One of the many scenes of Count Dracula flying into a woman's boudoir: John Carradine seduces Anne Gwynne in House of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton; 1941). Title by cellmate David Cairns.
Friday, February 26, 2016
From the student, an ode to the master
But so moodily slowed, snails are faster
Like the Murnau, in theory
This is thoroughly eerie
Including a rodent disaster.
Surly Hack with David Cairns
Nosferatu the Vampyre, aka Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night (1979), director Werner Herzog's homage to F.W. Murnau. Supposedly Herzog said the rats were easier to direct than star Klaus Kinski. Top: Isabelle Adjani acts her way around the her furry co-stars. Below: Werner Herzog "directs" the vermin.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
"The past I'll explore," Herzog reckoned
And a classic of horror film beckoned
Klaus Kinski in black
Is a sinister Drac,
A ghastly Count Orlok the second.
Klaus Kinski plays Count Dracula in Werner Herzog's updating of F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu, and his makeup and performance closely resemble that of Max Shreck as "Count Orlok" in the original film.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Orlok's back! Now in color and sound
All in black, with his skull bare, uncrowned
He's pale and he's hairless
And with daylight gets careless
Can't get back to his burial mound.
Klaus Kinski stars in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Kinski's character is called Dracula, but is a loving homage to Orlok, the count in the original, silent Nosferatu. Bruno Ganz is blood source Jonathan Harker.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
He's back! From the grave to the screen
For a snack, he craves gory cuisine
There's no cross in your house
So here's saucy old Klaus
With a Thwack! stick a stave in his spleen.
Klaus Kinski and Isabelle Adjani star in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, aka Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night (1979), a stylistic remake of the 1922 Dracula adaptation by F. W. Murnau.
Monday, February 22, 2016
This crackpot's as cold as a clam
As soon as he shows, you'd best scram
He's "Dracula", sure
But his background's obscure
He owes more to Max than to Bram.
As Count Dracula, Klaus Kinski channels Max Schreck in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). The film is a stylistic remake of F. W. Murnau's unauthorized 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, which starred Schreck as the vampire count named Orlok. Title by David "Santa Klaus" Cairns.
Friday, February 19, 2016
A creature climbs out of the hold
His features cause fraus to grow cold
To the deckhands' surprise,
This old wreck never dies
A leech that's a thousand years old.
Max Schreck as Count Orlok in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Title by ancient rhymer David Cairns.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
After dark he's a curse and a blight
Leaves two marks, gives a person a fright
Human life is in peril
Hide you wife! This guy's feral
And his bark isn't worse than his bite.
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) sucks from the neck of Ellen Hutter (Greta Schröder) in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922). Title by nail-biter David Cairns.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
His walk is a little unsteady
He balks at both mani and pedi
He's wily, but olden
Thinks silents are golden
For talkies he'll never be ready.
The shadow of Count Orlok (Max Schreck) in the silent masterpiece Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
While he lies in his box, snugly dozing
You surmise something's noxious, start nosing
You are hot on the scent
Of a not-too-fresh gent
And surprise the old fox, decomposing.
Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) uncovers the fragrant Count Orlok (Max Schreck) in Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Monday, February 15, 2016
Each night Orlok raises a stink
First he bites, then he stays for a drink
He's a worm, but with fangs
And with vermin he hangs
From his frightful bouquet grown men shrink.
Max Schreck is Count Orlok in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Friday, February 12, 2016
If you peek where a corpse decomposes
It will reek, so of course hold your noses
In this box, mutely rests
The most noxious of pests,
An old freak named Count Orlok, who dozes.
Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) opens the coffin of Orlok (Max Schreck) in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922). Title by David "Nosegay" Cairns.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Asleep in your crypt until late,
You creep with a stiff-legged gait
And lurching down lanes
In search of new veins
Bite deep, your addiction to sate.
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) drinks from the neck of Ellen Hutter (Greta Schröder) in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922). Title by post-dated David Cairns, host of Shadowplay.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
When it's light, off this vampire will nod
And sleep tight on his damp, native sod
He's the strangest of cats
He digs mangy old rats!
A delightful example of "odd".
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) rises from his coffin in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
They shot without clearing the rights
Took the plot, creepy peer, and his bites
Film consigned to the fire
Of a shining vamp pyre
But has not disappeared from our sights.
Max Schreck stars in Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau; 1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Your shadow alights like a shroud
Too bad with all rights they're endowed
You dared to play poker
With heirs of Bram Stoker
Too Vlad-like, your bite's not allowed.
Max Schreck is Count Orlok in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922), a movie which casts a long shadow in film history. But it almost went up in smoke. From Wikipedia: "...an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, "vampire" became "Nosferatu" "Count Dracula" became "Count Orlok"). Stoker's heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints of Nosferatu survived..."
Friday, February 5, 2016
A specter, a shadow, a shade
Max Shreck knew how Vlad should be played
Amok and unsightly
And sucking blood nightly
From necks, 'til his sad, sudden fade.
Actor Max Schreck, unforgettable as Count Orlok in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Thursday, February 4, 2016
You're a guy with the funniest ways
You just lie there, you shun working days
You look awful, feel sickly
To your coffin, and quickly!
Or else die by sun's fatal rays.
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) meets the dawn in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Not sleepy, at night he will walk
And people will rightfully gawk
He's hook-nosed and thin,
And look at his skin!
Grim reaper-like, whiter than chalk!
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) makes an entrance in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922). Title by David "Pale Ale" Cairns.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
How pleasant to know Herr Max Schreck!
Our resident old German wreck
He will greet you, quite formal
His features abnormal
Then, mesmeric, go fer yer neck.
Max Schreck is memorably creepy as Count Orlok in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922).
Monday, February 1, 2016
This fiend was interred six feet deep
But we've seen him disturbed in his sleep
His intentions are vague
Sow dissension, spread plague
An obscene but not heard silent creep.
Count Orlok (Max Schreck) rises from slumber in Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (F. W. Murnau; 1922), an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.