Halloween will soon be here, so it’s important to watch the proper movies to get into the mood. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood blogger is here to assist you.
With some of the old silent movies, the copyrights were never renewed, meaning those movies are now in the public domain…meaning they are available for free on YouTube. The first one we have is one of my favorites (and one I’ve posted about a lot), the 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney, Sr. as Erik, Mary Philbin as Christine, and Norman Kerry as Raoul.
Of all the film adaptations of Phantom out there, this probably adheres to the original plot of the book the most closely, which is one of the reasons I love it so much.
The second silent movie we have is the 1922 vampire film Nosferatu with Max Schreck as Count Orlok. Nosferatu has an interesting history; technically it is the first ever film version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but it was unauthorized. When Bram Stoker’s widow found out the company was making the film without the family’s permission, she tried to halt production. Production continued only after the plot and character names were altered (Dracula becomes Orlok; Jonathan becomes Thomas; Mina becomes Ellen). This wasn’t enough for Stoker’s heirs, though; they sued the movie studio and won, with the court ordering that all copies of Nosferatu be destroyed. A few managed to avoid destruction, which is why we can still enjoy it today.
If you weren’t feeling it already, hopefully the Opera Ghost and Count Orlok have gotten you into a festive spirit.