‘Nosferatu’ Director F.W. Murnau’s Head Reportedly Stolen From Grave

F W Murnau Head Stolen
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German news outlets are reporting that the head of “Nosferatu” director F.W. Murnau has been stolen from his family plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Germany. The filmmaker of the early silent vampire movie, recognized as one of the scariest horror movies of all time, died in 1931.

In a story reminiscent of one of his own movies, grave robbers opened a metal coffin to access the filmmaker’s embalmed body, said the newspaper. Stahnsdorf is about 12 miles southwest of central Berlin. The nearby graves of his two brothers were not disturbed. Spiegel Online said some wax residue had been found near the grave, pointing to a possible occult connection.

Released in 1922, “Nosferatu” was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Murnau worked in Hollywood for several years, directing “Sunrise,” which won several Oscars at the first Academy Awards. He died in a car crash near Santa Barbara but was buried in his native Germany.

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  1. Passawat Kingngern says:

    Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of the most influential novel that has inspired many film adaptations. One of the most renowned films is “Nosferatu”, which at the same time, also influenced two other films; “Nosferatu the Vampyre” and “Shadow of the Vampire”. The distinctions between Nosferatu and Dracula are just the terms used in the film and other minor details, which were caused be a copyright issue. Many people praised Max Schreck as a “real” vampire because of his fantastic performance. This inspired Katz to symbolise Schreck’s outstanding portrayal by having the antagonist in “Shadow of the Vampire”, which was named after him, as a real vampire.

  2. me says:

    I know friends who are members of the church he went to. Hollywood Lutheran. Marlene Dietrich was present at the funeral. Wow, amazing to hear this and know his story well. By the way…..this director had a Phillipino boy toy believe to be in that accident and survived

  3. Check the Tomb of the Skull and Bones Gang at Yale. It matches their M.O.. Good luck getting it back. They have armies and the IMF.

  4. Steven Laing says:

    Nobody should be surprised if we hear a strange man bearing an uncanny resemblece to a sallow-faced Max Schreck was spotted walking around Berlin at dusk with a skull in his hands.

  5. Heli0tr0pe says:

    That’s one way to get ahead in showbiz…

  6. Dr. Praetorius says:

    This is absolutely bizarre. The dead really should be left to rest in peace.

  7. He died in 1931 and still has a “head?”

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