In the 1830’s, Hutter, the young clerk of a real estate agent, leaves his wife Nina in order to conduct the sale of some property with the mysterious Count Orlock in Transylvania. He falls in the clutches of the Count but escapes. Leaving his castle with a number of earth-filled coffins, the Count travels by ship to Bremen. The entire crew of the ship dies, and when it arrives in the port a swarm of rats descends upon the city. Meanwhile, Hutter has returned to Nina with his tale of the Count. She resolves to destroy the vampire by keeping him at her bedside until sunrise, when the sun’s rays will destroy the monster’s body,
I’m not a big fan of the Silent genre of horror, but as far as this one goes, it’s really a good movie. It’s only an hour, which is good because it has absolutely no sound, unless you get a copy of “Nosferatu: The First Vampire” which has music throughout the whole movie played by Type-O-Negative, which makes the movie a lot more enjoyable. In the version that I have, there is no sound and the Count goes by the name Count Dracula. This is the first Dracula movie. The name of the Count was later changed to Count Orlock because Bram Stoker’s wife started a big hassle over the fact that they didn’t ask her to make a movie of her husbands book Dracula. The original version of the film and the changed version are exactly the same, except one has music and one doesn’t, and one has Count Dracula, and the other has Count Orlock. I really liked the way they made Dracula look in this film, the clawed hands look kind of creepy. I recommend this film to only those who have a taste for silent classics, if you are expecting a movie like todays movies, then you will be highly disappointed. But as for silent films go, this is the best one I’ve seen. I give it 7 out of 10 stars.