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Reverence and the Occult: Nosferatu (1922/1979)

By Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 29, 2020 | In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

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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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Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is a pianist living in New York City. He is the director of audio media for CatholicCulture.org and hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is a stage, film, and voice actor based in New York City, holding a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. He is the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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