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“Beware, so that his shadow cannot burden your sleep with horrible nightmares.”

Happy month of October!

Where the ghosts, goblins, and ghouls come out to play. For this very special month, I’ve decided to do something a little different. Beginning with this week, I will recommend a spooky silent film to sink your teeth into every Saturday until Halloween. So, let’s get spellbound.

My first spine-tingling selection is the 1922 horror classic "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror". This is the first and only film produced by Prana Film. Directed by German director F.W. Murnau, the 94 minute feature stars Max Schreck as Count Orlok, a vampire interested in acquiring a new residence, who inadvertently becomes drawn to his estate agents wife. The unofficial adaption of Bram Stocker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” was released on March 4, 1922 in Germany. It wasn’t a commercial success and was hit with lawsuits from Stocker’s heirs due to copyright issues. A court ruling ordered that all copies of the film to be destroyed. Lucky for us, a few prints survived.

This eerily haunting, but beautifully shot piece of cinema was released in the United States on June 3, 1929. Its nightmarish imagery has only helped in making this film a cult classic.

So, grab your goblet with your favorite witches brew, sit back, and get ready for a treat and maybe a few tricks as you “prepare to travel to the country of ghosts". "Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror" can be seen on Prime Video, Tubi, and You Tube for free.

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