Nosferatu

Genuinely innovative German Expressionist horror, though of course by today’s scary movie standards it’s quaintly tame; the depiction of Orlok (Stoker’s Dracula, basically) has been oft-copied and lampooned – I like Paul Whitehouse’s version for The Fast Show best of all – but you can imagine the effect it had on audiences during the 1920s, particularly with that famous shot of the vampire’s shadow as it creeps up a staircase wall. The editing and storytelling seems to me to be quite sophisticated for the time. (****)