Friday, March 21, 2008

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

For Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 silent horror-fest Nosferatu, star Klaus Kinski adopts the same makeup style used by Murnau's leading man Max Schreck. Yet in the Herzog version, the crucial difference is that Nosferatu becomes more and more decayed and desiccated as the film progresses. Essentially a retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu the Vampyre traces the blood-sucking progress of the count as he takes over a small German village, then attempts to spread his influence and activities to the rest of the world. All that prevents Dracula from continuing his demonic practices is the self-sacrifice of Lucy Harker, played by Isabelle Adjani. Director Werner Herzog used the story to parallel the rise of Nazism. The film was lensed in the Dutch towns of Delft and Scheiberg. Nosferatu the Vampyre was filmed in both an English and a German-speaking version; the latter runs 11 minutes longer. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Running Time: 107 mins
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Since the origianl one was not really that memorable in Nosferatu (1922), I consider this even a cheaper rip off. We are not even given the pleasure of Dracula attacking the captain of the boat and rising out of the coffin.

Parts of the movie were comical at best. The manager goes mad and even in the beginning laughs after nearly every sentence like Beavis and Butthead. The scenes of the rats were all gathered in the street in a mass as they were eating the feed that was laid out for them. Yes, really really scary. Not!

And like all egotistical directors this one decided to leave the ending as seeds for a sequel. Part of the directors feelings are included in a short documentary of the film making with the special features.

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