Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)1979
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)
Critic Consensus: Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.
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Critic Reviews for Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)
It's a curious mix: at times deliriously hammy, at others melancholy, contemplative and oddly beautiful.
Werner Herzog's venture to Transylvania seems as much inspired by German romantic art (Caspar David Friedrich, especially) as by Bram Stoker or Bela Lugosi.
Nosferatu the Vampyre comes across as the perfect conflation of everything that makes Werner Herzog Werner Herzog.
This is Herzog's journey to the heart of darkness, a film that specifically echoes his earlier offerings The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and his South American odyssey Aguirre, Wrath of God.
Slowed down to a nightmare crawl, it's one of its director's most bizarre, resonant and fascinating films.
To say of someone that they were born to play a vampire is a strange compliment, but if you will compare the two versions of Nosferatu you might agree with me that only Kinski could have equaled or rivaled Max Schreck's performance.
Audience Reviews for Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)
With a cold and solemn approach, Herzog makes an entrancing remake of Murnau's classic that is always beautiful to look at - much like a painting in motion - even though it is not scary, intense or even haunting, and the impression is that it was all about how to make it, not why.
Count Dracula: Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death. Nosferatu The Vampyre is my favorite of the Dracula adaptations I've seen thus far in my life. I've only seen a few of Herzog's non-documentary films and this is my favorite of the three. The other two being Bad Lieutenant and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?. This has that distinct Herzog feel to it and I don't believe there was a better director to remake F.W. Murnau's silent classic, and there also wasn't anyone who could have portrayed Count Dracula as perfectly and terrifyingly as Klaus Kinski. This is one of the few horror films I've seen that I would describe as beautiful and it's no wonder coming from Herzog. The imagery and settings are absolutely gorgeous and atmospheric. Werner Herzog's Nosferatu should not be missed by any film or horror buff. This is an absolute classic and up there for one of the best vampire movies ever. I loved every second of it.
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