Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Trivia: All rats used in this movie where imported from Hungary and were originally white. Only black rats can pass the plague, so all rats where painted black or grey right before the film shots. (01:33:35)

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Trivia: The person who sticks his foot into the coffin and gets his toe bitten by a rat is the film's director, Werner Herzog.

Plot hole: Supposedly the plague broke out the moment the rats poured into the docks, as well as the plague breaking out when the rats got on the boat. However, these are domesticated rats. Only the fleas on black rats would carry the "Black Death," which is spread by fleas that aren't carried by other rats.

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Count Dracula: Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death.

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Question: According to Werner Herzog, the rats that appear in the film behaved better than Klaus Kinski during the shoot. Is this true?

Answer: True, though the rats comment was deliberate hyperbole. Kinski suffered from mental illness much of his life. He was often volatile, erratic, disruptive, and sometimes violent on movie sets. Kinski and Herzog had a long professional collaboration but also a friendship pre-dating Herzog's directing career. Otherwise, though Herzog admired Kinski's talent, he probably would never have tolerated working with him; he is the only director who worked with him more than once. Herzog did a documentary about Kinski after his death, which included footage of his on-set rants. Clips are on YouTube.

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