Vampires are in crisis these days. You can't shake a stake without hitting a bloodsucker fan who believes that sparkle-studded skin and blunt teeth are the stuff vamps are made of. Though many scribes over the years have challenged notions of what it is to be a vampire -- 'Buffy' made them wrinkly, Anne Rice made them depressed and overtly sexual, 'Daybreakers' made them civilized -- the Twi-hard contingent has rocked fang fans to the core, creating an outright necessity for old-school vampires.

Naturally, there's no cinematic vampire more worthy of ripping the angst and humanity from modern vamps like the man who has chilled us to the bone for almost 90 years -- F.W. Murnau's 'Nosferatu.'
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