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Is Silent Horror Classic Nosferatu Scarier With Sound?

What would the 1922 black-and-white horror staple Nosferatu be like with sound? Terrible, it would be terrible, as evidenced in this little experiment right here.

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Mario Wienerroither added sound effects and voices (sort of) to a shortened version of this Dracula translation and, in doing so, reminded us all that sometimes the biggest scares come from what our brains are imagining, not what we're actually hearing.

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craigmichaelranapia
Craig Michael Ranapia

A few years ago, I saw Nosferatu with a live performance of a reconstruction of Hans Erdmann's original score (sadly, most of the original was lost). It was all the sound it really needed. I know it probably seems cheesy to a lot of modern eyes, but silent films were supposed to be highly theatrical and stylized to within an inch of their lives.