Nosferatu, The Vampyre
Directed by Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog’s 1979 NOSFERATU remake stars the ghoulish German actor Klaus Kinski, French siren Isabelle Adjani (POSSESSION), and Bruno Ganz. Herzog, who was famous for creeping people out with intense documentaries and narrative films, took a surprising turn with this adaptation of both DRACULA and F.W. Murnau’s original NOSFERATU, which was an illegal adaptation of the novel itself. Herzog’s version is an unusually contemplative Dracula, in which the vampire bears the cross of not being able to get old and die. Watch it back to back with the original.
Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake stars the ghoulish German actor Klaus Kinski.
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz
It was hard for me to watch this without having to make comparisons to other films, the original "Nosferatu" and the hammer Dracula movies that were coming out at the time. I really wanted to like Kinski as Dracula but he was not as creepy as Max Schreck, and he just can't touch Christopher Lee. as far as story and cinematography, I think this one would have the Hammer films beat. But you have to remember; the most important thing in a Dracula film is Dracula.
Liked it is so different than many of the Dracula stories I have seen.
Why is this is considered a classic? A.) W. Herzog directed it and B.) It is so goddamn, inexplicably bizarre and nonsensical that critics and fans alike have mistaken it for “art”. Art? No, fools, this is trash. One of the most poorly acted/scripted films ever. An ugly, awkward mess. In all seriousness...this shit truly sucks.
This a brilliant and worthy remake of the original and Klaus Kinski is terrific as always.
This is by far the best film adaptation of Dracula that I have ever seen. I've watched a lot of them: the good, they bad, and the ugly. Sorry for the cliche. But seriously, this is the best vampire movie I have ever seen. It's up there with "Let the Right One In" and "30 Days of Night" in my opinion. This adaptation of Dracula defies expectations, and the cinematography is spectacularly beautiful. Dracula is sad. He runs around and has an overwhelming sense of dread. Lucy is strong and saves the day. Dr. Van Helsing is pretty useless. All of the actors were wonderful. Their performances were gripping and perfectly delivered. I'm gonna keep this one in mind and recommend it for years to come. A classic that deserves love and affection. This is no campy '80s slasher. This is truly deserving of the term "Horror."