Nosferatu's Werewolf -- Act III
ACT III.Orlok and Jäger have found a lair in a cave within the mountains surrounding the valley in which Wisborg is nestled.
Annie awakens to a new eternal life of torment as Orlok’s consort. Horrified, she attempts to escape but discovers that when the sun rises she becomes as one dead, and therefore must, just like the Count, depend on the werewolf as her guardian.
Orlok orders the werewolf to dig her a grave in which to sleep, who does so reluctantly and resentful. By night the vampire has found a flock of sheep to sustain himself, Annie, and his werewolf, after killing the shepherd and his family. But by day Orlok is unable to rest within the earth of his homeland, and it is driving him mad.
In Wisborg, weeks have passed and Harding is recovering, although both he and the Kammissar fear his inevitable transformation. The Kammissar has sent out a search party after Annie but they have found nothing. Harding hopes he can find her himself as his transformation approaches.
Annie is growing hungry but refusing to feed, while Orlok attacks nearby villagers lured out by Jäger. Annie thinks she can appeal to something within Orlok that may be human. She tells him a story about a sister she had when she was little who drowned and how much she misses her every day. Orlok tells her a story of the brother he had when he was young, how he murdered him. When she asks him why he killed his own brother he tells her, “A kingdom must be led by a single ruler… There is no hope for you in your hour of desperation. I am the only authority by which you will be led… Hope is a luxury for the living.”
Armed, the Kammissar and Harding travel far from Wisborg in search of Annie and find both the shepherd’s farmhouse and the nearby village. When they figure the vampire is feeding on the remaining sheep and what humans he can manage, they decide on a plan of action. They will destroy the remaining sheep and force the vampire into the village, where they will set a trap. But the night sets upon them and they are suddenly attacked by two young vampires – the children of the shepherd! Not without appropriate weapons, Harding and the Kammissar fight and kill their attackers. Harding knows that his strength has increased because of the moon, and tomorrow night he will transform.
That morning a jealous Jäger returns to the cave, and just in time. Orlok’s madness is forcing him out of the safety of the shadows and into the burning light of the morning. While he was away, Annie (now strong enough to “live” during the light of day, but safe in the shadows of the cave) had tried to seize the opportunity to convince the vampire into the sun, but the werewolf returned and prevented his master’s destruction.
Later, Annie realizes her own strength is growing preternatural in scale. With Orlok fighting madness she attacks Jäger. As they fight the sun sets, the moon rises, and Orlok returns to normal as Jäger transforms into his werewolf form. Before the creature can tear into Annie with its full strength Orlok splits them up and promises Annie that tonight she will feed.
Earlier the Kammissar and Harding found lodging in the village. On legal authority the Kammissar ordered the villagers to huddle together at the church and secured Harding in chains. When the moon was high Harding finally changed. The Kammissar ordered men to stand guard while he and a few volunteers waited for the appearance of the vampire and his werewolf.
Unable to control herself any longer, Annie hopes she can use the hunger and the power to kill Orlok, and leaves the cave to do so.
Meanwhile, the Jäger werewolf has found the new Harding werewolf. Attacking, he kills the guards. As the two fight Harding is broken free from his chains. The two terrorize the villagers, who flee into the mountains. Annie finds the Kammissar fighting for his life against Orlok. When she intervenes both Jäger and Harding enter the scene. The Kammissar is outmatched and falls back to let the supernatural creatures fight it out. He lures them into the shepherd’s farmhouse, where he pulls Annie out, bars the doors and sets a fire. Mercifully, he uses silver bullets to try and put the werewolves down. But Annie, fully under Orlok’s control, kills the Kammissar. She opens the doors, stands back, and watches as Orlok and the werewolves under his control walk out.
The farmhouse burns down. Orlok motions and the werewolves run into the night, hunting the fleeing villagers. On the horizon, in the distance, the first signs of a pale rising sun glows. Annie looks at it longingly, a tear streaming down her face. But she turns to follow Orlok back into the safety of the cave.
Pulling out, we hear the screams of murder, and the howl of werewolves.
Fade to black.
Thanks for reading my three-act treatment for the sequel to the 1922 classic NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR starring Max Schreck. If you’re unfamiliar with that film’s story I have included it here below.
In 1838, Thomas Hutter lives in the fictional German town of Wisborg. His employer, estate agent Herr Knock, sends Hutter to Transylvania to visit a new client named Count Orlok who plans to buy a house in Wisborg. Hutter entrusts his wife Ellen to his good friend Harding and Harding's sister Annie before embarking on his journey. Nearing his destination in the Carpathian Mountains, Hutter stops at an inn for dinner. The locals become frightened by the mere mention of Orlok's name and discourage him from traveling to his castle at night, warning of a werewolf on the prowl.
The next morning, Hutter takes a coach to a high mountain pass, but the coachman declines to take him any further than the bridge as nightfall is approaching. Another coach appears after Hutter crosses the bridge and its coachman gestures for him to climb aboard. Hutter is welcomed at a castle by Count Orlok. When Hutter is eating dinner and accidentally cuts his thumb, Orlok tries to suck the blood out, but his repulsed guest pulls his hand away.
An iconic scene of the shadow of Count Orlok climbing up a staircase
Hutter wakes up to a deserted castle the morning after and notices fresh punctures on his neck which, in a letter he sends by courier on horseback to be delivered to his wife, he attributes to mosquitoes. That night, Orlok signs the documents to purchase the house across from Hutter's own home in Wisborg and notices a photo of Hutter's wife, remarking that she has a "lovely neck."
Reading a book about vampires that he took from the local inn, Hutter starts to suspect that Orlok is a vampire. He cowers in his room as midnight approaches, with no way to bar the door. The door opens by itself and Orlok enters, and Hutter hides under the bed covers and falls unconscious. Meanwhile, his wife awakens from her sleep, and in a trance walks towards her balcony and onto the railing. Alarmed, Harding shouts Ellen's name and she faints while he asks for a doctor. After the doctor arrives, she shouts Hutter's name, apparently able to see Orlok in his castle threatening her unconscious husband.
The next day, Hutter explores the castle. In its crypt, he finds the coffin in which Orlok is resting dormant. Hutter becomes horrified and dashes back to his room. Hours later from the window, he sees Orlok piling up coffins on a coach and climbing into the last one before the coach departs. Hutter escapes the castle through the window, but is knocked unconscious by the fall and awakens in a hospital.
After recovering, Hutter hurries home. Meanwhile, the coffins are shipped down river on a raft. They are transferred to a schooner, but not before one is opened by the crew, revealing a multitude of rats. Sailors on the ship fall ill, and soon all but the captain and first mate are dead. The first mate goes below to destroy the coffins, but Orlok awakens and the horrified sailor jumps into the sea. When the ship arrives in Wisborg, Orlok leaves unobserved, carrying one of his coffins, and moves into the house he purchased. The next morning, when the ship is inspected, the captain is found dead. The doctors conclude that the plague is to blame. The town is stricken with panic, and people are warned to stay indoors.
There are many deaths in the town, which are blamed on the plague. Ellen reads the book Hutter found, which claims that a vampire can be defeated if a pure-hearted woman distracts the vampire with her beauty. She opens her window to invite Orlok in, but faints. Hutter revives her, and she sends him to fetch Professor Bulwer, a physician. After he leaves, Orlok enters and drinks her blood as the sun begins to rise. Knock, who has been committed after having murdered the warden of a psychiatric ward, senses the threat to Orlok, but cannot escape his cell to warn him. A rooster crows, and the sunlight causes Orlok to vanish in a puff of smoke. Ellen lives just long enough to be embraced by her grief-stricken husband. Count Orlok's ruined castle in the Carpathian Mountains is then shown.