Reverence and the Occult: Nosferatu (1922/1979)
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In a special Halloween episode, James and Thomas discuss the function of horror movies and the need for a conscientious and duly serious approach when dealing with the occult in a work of fiction. Then they discuss the only horror film on the Vatican film list, F.W. Murnau’s silent Dracula adaptation Nosferatu (1922), along with Werner Herzog’s amazing modern adaptation of Murnau, Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979).
The best versions of these films are streaming on the Criterion Channel. There you will find Murnau’s version with its original orchestral score, and Herzog’s version in its German language version (it was shot simultaneously in both German and English, and Herzog considered the German to be definitive). But perfectly fine versions are on YouTube:
F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7p3ct5hcks
Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) in English https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOTLurSgkYU
Next on Criteria: from the Vatican film list, the classic Disney symphonic feature Fantasia (1940). You can view it on Disney+.
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Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission. https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com/
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