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The Haunted Castle (1921 film)

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The Haunted Castle
(Schloss Vogelöd)
Schloss Vogelod.jpg
Title card
Directed byF. W. Murnau
Produced byErich Pommer
Written byCarl Mayer
Berthold Viertel
Rudolph Stratz [de] (novel)
StarringArnold Korff
Lulu Kyser-Korff
Lothar Mehnert
Paul Hartmann
Paul H. Bildt
Olga Tschechowa
CinematographyLászló Schäffer
Fritz Arno Wagner
Distributed byDecla-Bioscop
Release date
  • 21 April 1921 (1921-04-21)
Running time
81 minutes[1]
German intertitles

The Haunted Castle (1921), also known as Schloß Vogelöd: Die Enthullung eines Geheimnisses[1] and Castle Vogeloed, is a silent chamber-drama directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. The film is a moody psychodrama, "blending multiple flashbacks and dream sequences with a gloomy atmosphere.... It is one of the earliest surviving works of (F. W. Murnau)."[1]

It was shot at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art director Hermann Warm.

Plot summary

A company of men meet for a hunt lasting several days at Castle Vogelöd, being hosted by Lord von Vogelschrey. Because of the rain they spend their time inside. An uninvited guest shows up: Count Johann Oetsch. He's suspected of having shot his brother Peter a few years ago. This rumour gets nourished by a retired Judge of the District Court. The widow of the murder victim also arrives, along with her new husband, Baron Safferstätt. Another guest is announced: Father Faramund, a friend of the deceased husband.

In the following days, Count Oetsch and the Baroness accuse one another of the murder. Flashbacks show that the Baroness' marriage wasn't harmonious. Her first husband became obsessed by spiritualism. She wished for something evil to happen to him, and their guest Baron Safferstätt shot him. She married the Baron, but they felt empty.

Father Faramund takes his false beard and his wig off, revealing himself as Count Oetsch, who now can justify his innocence. Baron Safferstätt shoots himself. The true Father Faramund comes to the castle.



  • Loni Nest – Little girl
  • Georg Zawatzky – Apprentice cook


  1. ^ a b c Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era. Midnight Marquee Press. p. 236. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

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