Strange History

F. W. Murnau, director of ‘Nosferatu’, loses his head

nosferatuIt is being reported by various news outlets that the skull of German director F. W. Murnau has been stolen from his family plot in Stahnsdorf, Germany.  According to reports, his skull was removed while his brother’s were left unmolested.  Murnau is known for directing the unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s DraculaNosferatu.

Reports state that the grave robbers opened his metal coffin to have access to his embalmed body.  Reports also state that wax residue was discovered near the scene of the ghoulish act, pointing to a possible occult ritual.

Murnau directed the unauthorized adaptations of Stoker’s novel in 1922.  It is widely considered one of the most terrifying movies ever made.  Rumors have swirled for years that the actor who portrayed Count Orlock, the Nosferatu (vampire) in the film, Max Schreck, was an actual vampire.  The 2000 film, Shadow of the Vampire, is a dramatic portrayal of that very rumor, starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.

Murnau was killed in a car crash near Santa Barbara, California in 1931 and his body was buried in his families plot in Germany.  He worked for years in the Hollywood system and even directed a film titled Sunrise, which won several Academy Awards at the first ever event.

Take a look at the full restored film of Nosferatu below.  It really is a damned creepy film. . .

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