Nosferatu can be best described as NOT-Dracula. When the film was made (1921) a few details were changed to make it different from Bram Stoker's story - not enough though! In a very early example of intellectual property rights being applied to the cinema, Stoker's estate sued. The studio went bankrupt and all prints of the film were ordered to be destroyed. Fortunately some survived, and the film is now recognised as a masterpiece of German Expressionism as well as having provided some genre-defining images.
|Max Schreck, 1921|
So, in true genre fashion, I've left the big reveal until quite late...