Sunday, July 1, 2012

Either Orlok

An undead, and most frightening herr,
Of this dreadful old nightmare, beware!
When Count Orlok comes calling,
Bar the door--and quit stalling!
In your bed, tucked in tight, say a prayer.

Mysterious Max Shreck in Nosferatu (F. W. Murnau, 1922). The first film adaptation of Dracula, this wasn't nearly as influential Tod Browning's 1931 version starring Béla Lugosi. But the film made a significant contribution to vampire lore: exposure to sunlight is fatal.  Vampire Weekends ist kaput.

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