Nosferatu the Vampyre/ Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy, begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger. Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn’t know is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience.
This is Werner Herzog’s 1979 remake of F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 silent horror-fest Nosferatu. What departs this movie from being another boring horror movie remake, is that this is in fact, an epic masterpiece that improves on the original, a stunning and impressive visual experience where art meets horror.
Klaus Kinski gives a bone chilling and powerful performance as Count Dracula, a bloody monster who longs to be human. There is very little blood or gore on show but the bleak and creepy atmosphere will stuck with you.
Nosferatu the Vampyre is an excelent homage to Murnau’s classic and a hypnotic and exquisite visual experience.