Nosferatu

Corrected entry: There is some debate over whether the beast frightening the horses in the Romanian village is a decorated hyena or a Tasmanian tiger, but neither is native to Romania.

Phoenix

Correction: It's said that the woods and surrounding areas of Count Orlok's castle are haunted, so the animal frightening the horses could be a ghostly animal, a shape-shifting demon or something else supernatural.

Corrected entry: Though the movie is directly based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, with virtually identical plot points and characters, all the character names were changed to avoid copyright problems.

Phoenix

Correction: Although they tried to avoid copyright problems, they didn't manage it completely. A judge decreed that all copies and the negative had to be destroyed; however this was impossible to enforce in Germany and so a copy survived.

Corrected entry: In the final scene, as Orlock cringes from the sunlight which will destroy him, his reflection appears in the mirror behind him. The absence of reflection is key to vampire lore in this film.

rabid anarchist

Correction: The DVD commentary suggests that Orlok's reflection can be seen because the sun has robbed him of his powers. Also, the director uses the mirror deliberately to underpin a recurring doppelganger theme.

Corrected entry: Old Count Orlok seems to spend a lot of time in daylight. Walking around the ship and then carrying his coffin through the town at the end of his ship's journey.

Phillip Churchfield

Correction: Nosferatu is based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. In this novel, vampires are free to travel in daylight but cannot change shape during the day. Orlock wouldn't have any problems. The only way he can be harmed by sunlight is sunrise while feeding on a virgin sacrifice, as described by the book.

Phoenix

Plot hole: When Nosferatu is caught in the sunlight towards the end, his reflection can be seen in the tall standing mirror in the corner of the room. This makes no sense because vampires do not cast reflections. Deliberate or not, in the original Bram Stoker novel, there is a scene in which the character Harker is shaving, and is disturbed to see that the Count casts no reflection. There is also a passage that states, "He throws no shadow, he make in the mirror no reflect." Some would argue that the rising of the sun robs him of his powers, giving him the reflection. But his reflection is visible before the rooster starts crowing, before the sun even rises.

THGhost
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Suggested correction: That's all from the book, none of that is established in the film.

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Trivia: Even though "Nosferatu" is the title character, he has only nine minutes of screen time.

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