Halloween is two weeks away, so it's a good time to look at this classic take on Dracula. For me, Max Schreck is the greatest vampire in cinematic history -- his portrayal sparked rumors that he was a real vampire, something that formed the basis of 2000's Shadow of the Vampire with Willem Defoe. In reality, Schreck (the word means "terror" in German) was a successful stage actor in Germany who drifted into silent films and survived the advent of talkies until his death in 1936. Schreck was well-known for his innovative use of costume and make-up.
A surprising number of people have never seen Nosferatu. It is one of the best films ever made and is a striking example of German expressionism in silent film. This print has the added benefit of a great score.
Enjoy. Or shiver. Or both.