No, this post is NOT about one of those weird "Godzilla vs. Bambi"-type fantasies! I saw both 'Nosferatu' and 'The Crow' recently, and wanted to comment about them, but just couldn't resist the bizarre post title.
Made in 1922, 'Nosferatu' is an honest-to-goodness silent movie. I'd never seen one before, so I found it fascinating for that alone. The acting seems overdone and strange because they have to mime everything and make it 'bigger' since there is no dialog. Some of the 'special effects' made me giggle, especially the way Nosferatu was made to glide around the castle as if he were on rollers (he probably WAS). But considering how limited their ability to do special effects was back then compared to now, I think they did a pretty good job!
Most of the movie follows the story of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, very closely, so I'm assuming that's where they got the main storyline; the last part, however, is very different, and I honestly prefer it to Dracula's ending, which I found to be rather a fizzly letdown. It's a little long, and does drag a bit in spots, but overall I found it to be fun and worth watching.
You can watch the full-length (1hour 32 mins) restored version of 'Nosferatu" here on YouTube. Enjoy!
What can I say about this movie that wouldn't sound totally inadequate? It's not the most incredible film ever made, but I totally understand why it became a goth cult classic. A rock star who comes back from the dead (and NOT as a ghost) to avenge the murders of himself and his fiancee by scumbag druglords makes a powerful hero. My personal sense of justice gloried in his actions, and I loved it even more when he took the time to thank the police officer who had tried to solve the murders, and to help a mother and daughter get their lives and relationship back together. His tearjerking return to his dead fiancee reminded me very much of the ending in the film 'Gladiator'. In fact, I'm wondering if 'Gladiator' was actually based on this movie, since it was made in 2000, seven years after 'The Crow', but follows the plotline very closely. The only thing about this movie I didn't care for was the language, but that's a personal thing, and it's probably very accurate, considering that most of the characters are criminals and lowlife.
You can watch 'The Crow' on YouTube, but it's divided into several parts (around ten, I think). Rather than fuss with that, I recommend just renting/buying the DVD.
Have you seen either of these films? What did you think of them?