Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
This silent film is the first feature adaptation of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.'
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Directed by F.W. Murnau, the first feature film adaptation of "Dracula" follows the evil Count Orlok (Max Schreck), as he unleashes his hideous vampire powers on his unsuspecting prey.
Co-starring: Greta Schröder, Gustav von Wangenheim, Georg H. Schnell and Gustav Botz.
Runtime: 81 minutes
Although the characters have different names, "Nosferatu" is a direct ripoff of author Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula."
A vampire's weakness to sunlight appears for the first time in "Nosferatu" when the evil Count Orlok is vanquished at the film's conclusion.
All prints and negatives of the movie were ordered destroyed after the widow of Stoker won her lawsuit against the filmmakers. However, the film survived as it slowly began to surface in other countries.
"Nosferatu" was banned in Sweden, because of its violent content. In 1972, the ban was finally lifted.
Count Orlok aka Count Dracula only appears on screen for approximately nine minutes.
The actor who plays Count Orlok is named Max Schreck. The word Schreck means "fright" in German.