Jan 07

Nosferatu the Vampyre

Year: 1979
Country: Germany

original title: Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast



Jonathan Harker is a real estate agent traveling to visit the recluse Count Dracula at his castle in Transylvania. When he gets close to the castle, he gets warned by locals that the count is a bloodsucking vampire. He ignores the warnings and meets the strange character at his castle where he spends the upcoming nights.

The property that the count is after is in Wismar, Germany where Harker is from. The count also sees a portrait of Harker’s wife Lucy and gets mesmerized by her looks. He decides to buy the property and travel to Wismar, leaving Harker imprisoned at the castle. Harker has to escape and get home before Dracula gets to his young and lovely wife.

Nosferatu The Vampyre is a stylish remake/homage to the legendary 1922 movie. It is handled very respectful by director Werner Herzog and it oozes of style and atmosphere. It stays true to the original movie and the small things that are changed or added work very well. He also had to shoot the movie in both german and english at the same time. The general consensus seems to be that the german language one is better and that’s also the one I watched.

Herzog provides a very strong and dreamy look on this movie, it has a lack of colors and could probably have been converted to black and white without losing any of its power. There’s a lot of attention to small details throughout the entire film, which just shows the passion behind the project. The castle of Dracula looks great, being dark and filled with shadows. The entire movie is really a display og great talent all the way from the director to the costume designer.

One thing that worked incredibly well in the first one was Max Schreck as the vampire. They got the character absolutely correct here aswell. Klaus Kinski (Death Smiled At Murder, Schizoid) is fantastic as Count Dracula. He is such a tragic, smart and subtle character in the body of a freaky, bleak and almost ratlike creature. Kinski keeps himself very restrained and uses small details in projecting the horror of the character. Bruno Ganz (Summer Guests, The Boys from Brazil) does a great job as Harker, an intelligent and hard worker and the beautiful Isabelle Adjani (All Fired Up, Toxic Affair) shows up in the part as Lucy.

Nosferatu The Vampyre is a respectable remake by the fantastic director Werner Herzog. Kinski is always fun to watch and he is great as the vampire, the visual look is timeless and beautiful. The only negative part is that the movie does fail a little in grabbing the viewer and engaging them in the story.




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