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Oct 5, 2012

SHOCKtober Day 5: Nosferatu

When I was in college, I took a class on German gothic film and literature (man, college is the best) and as you might expect, eventually we got to Nosferatu. This spawned a discussion about vampires in general and what, if anything, we find frightening about them. A battle of the gross vampire vs the sexy vampire was born: which is more horrifying, a monster that looks like a monster (à la Nosferatu) or a monster that can seduce you and put you in harm's way before you even realize it (à la Christoper Lee as Dracula)?

While there's something theoretically scary about the vampire-as-seducer - that you could end up falling for someone who ultimately only views you as prey - I'm much more into the obvious and the aesthetic. Team Nosferatu all the way!

Whether it's Max Schrek or Klaus Kinski underneath those rat teeth and pointed ears (or even their descendent, Mr. Barlow of 'Salem's Lot), I really can't handle this guy. The very idea of him creeping up the stairs in the dark...maybe I'm easy, but he absolutely terrifies me. I mean, it's to the point where I can't watch Kinski in anything without having some sort of weird feelings of wariness that stem from the 1979 Werner Herzog take on this creature. I don't even like looking at those pictures I posted up there and I don't want to look at them anymore, so I bid you good day. I SAID GOOD DAY.

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