Nosterafu (1922) directed by F.M. Muranau is a silent masterpiece. The more silent films I see the more impressed I am with the directors for using inventive ways of story telling through editing and using special effects. This is certainly the case with this haunting film which employ speed-ed up filming, color filters, close ups, transposed images, and several other impressive effects to give us the story of a vampire ravishing a village. Furthermore, the score also aids in creating the drama and sense of dread among the villagers who have come face to face with terror and death. The personage of Nosfertau himself is haunting as is the scene pictured above where he rises form his coffin aboard the ship is chill inducing. Apparently Muranau died at he age of 40, it would have been interesting to see where he would have gone with his film making with sound had he survived, it is clear that he mastered the silent format with this remarkable film.