Skull Stolen of ‘Nosferatu’ Director’ During Grave Robbing
Skull of Nosferatu’s Director Reportedly Missing
Individuals have allegedly stolen the head of F.W. Murnau, director of the famous 1922 vampire flick, Nosferatu.
Traces of wax were left behind along with a candle, with authorities suggesting that the skull could have been lifted for ritualistic practices.
This isn’t the first time Murnau’s grave has been disturbed. In the 1970’s, would-be grave robbers damaged his iron casket and attempts to breach the coffin also occurred this past February.
Murnau was killed in a California car crash along with his chauffeur in 1931 and was entombed in Germany’s Stahnsdorf South-Western Cemetery at a family plot.
Murnau’s Nosferatu is the earliest known film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. His contributions to iconic German expressionist film were a major influence on the emerging silverscreen genre of horror movies such as Universal’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, inspiring spooky movies for generations to come.
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