HAIRCUT 100: Day 1, No. 1: Count Orlok

Day 1, No. 1: Nosferatu

HAIRCUT 100: Day 1, No. 1: Count OrlokHAIRCUT 100: Day 1, No. 1: Count Orlok, as played by mysterious Expressionist actor Max Schreck in F.W. Murnau’s gothic masterpiece Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, Germany, 1922). Almost destroyed by a lawsuit from Florence Stoker, described by the film critic Christopher Frayling as ‘looking like a penis with teeth,’ and believed by many to have been a genuine vampire, this plucky bloodsucker set the standard by which all creatures of the night must be judged. Although a knock-off of Stoker’s Dracula, Schreck’s vampire king is not the suave, Byronic figure that we associate with the portrayals of Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee, but instead looks back to much more ancient, European legends of the undead. His influence can be seen in later characters that challenge the Romantic archetype, for example Kurt Barlow in Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (1975) and the vampire overlord Eli Damaskinos in Guillermo del Toro’s Blade II (2002). Willem Defoe played Nosferatu playing Max Schreck playing Nosferatu in E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire (2000), a real vampire acting on the set of the original movie while preying on cast and crew. ‘Let us chat together a moment, my friend. There are still several hours until dawn, and I have the whole day to sleep…’

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