Watching for a second time in as many weeks as it’s covered in a film course I’m taking, which is currently looking at lighting in German Expressionism, early editing techniques and sound. The course materials have shed plenty of light on why Murnau is as revered as he is, particularly from a technical point of view, and this is undoubtedly the template for later vampire movies; it’s sad, then, that its impact has been lessened somewhat by the sheer number of vampire films that have followed. (****)