Each month Kino Lorber gives fans of classic horror a new reason to want to kiss them on the head and enshroud them in a loving embrace. Today that trend continues with the announcement of the F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) classic The Haunted Castle.
Now, for the love of all that is holy, can someone please recover Murnau’s stolen head? It’s been nearly four years for god’s sake!
From the Press Release:
Kino Classics is proud to announce the Blu-ray release of two films by the acclaimed German silent filmmaker Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau: The Haunted Castle (1921) and The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924).
These two films by Murnau, a cinematic master of the German Expressionist style, demonstrate both his skill with the somber, atmospheric drama for which he would become well-known in The Haunted Castle and a flair for light comedy in The Finances of the Grand Duke. Together, both films stand as important works in the celebrated career of one of world cinema’s supreme visual stylists.
Both films will be released on a double-feature Blu-ray on February 12, 2019, with a SRP of $29.95. Bonus features include an audio commentary by film historian David Kalat on The Finances of the Grand Duke.
Before plumbing the depths of horror and despair with such films as Nosferatu (1922) and Faust (1926), Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau crafted a moody drama of a storm-bound manor and the grim mystery that lurks within: The Haunted Castle (1921). A hunting party is interrupted by the arrival of a notorious Count (Lothar Mehnert), who is believed to have murdered his brother. The uninvited guest sets in motion an elaborate plot to resurrect the ghosts of the past and bring to light the dark secret that lies at the center of his brother’s death.
Breaking away from the dark, foreboding dramas for which he was becoming known, Murnau explored the realm of light comedy in a playful espionage thriller reminiscent of Ernst Lubitsch: The Finances of the Grand Duke. Harry Liedtke stars as a “benevolent dictator” who must preserve the tiny nation of Abacco by fending off creditors, wooing a wealthy Russian princess (Mady Christians), and evading a band of demonic conspirators (including Nosferatu himself, Max Schreck).