Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

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  • Release Date:  1979
  • Genre:  Vampire
  • Director:  Werner Herzog
  • Screenwriter:  Werner Herzog
  • Cast & Crew: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor, Walter Ladengast, Dan van Husen, Jan Groth, Carsten Bodinus, Martje Grohmann, Rijk de Gooyer, Clemens Scheitz, Lo van Hensbergen, John Leddy, Margriet van Hartingsveld,
    and Tim Beekman.

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)Rating:

  • Raoul = 8.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.6/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes =8.3/10.

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) Synopsis:

Based on Bram Stoker’s novel – A young man is sent by a real estate agent to the castle of Count Dracula to help him acquire a residence in the area.

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) Review:

Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu is quite true to the original 1922’s Nosferatu movie, both in terms of story and ambiance. It, however, brings a fresh layer of color and poesy to it, while successfully conserving the dark and creepy atmosphere that made the original such a classic.

Dracula himself is particularly disturbing here. He is small, ugly looking, and really weird to watch and hear. He doesn’t have the noble allure of Count Or looks in Nosferatu or other Dracula characters. Instead, he is small and sad, unloved and sinister, a character that manages to make you feel both sad and disgusted. Every single time he appears on the screen, it is impossible not to stare at him. The rest of the cast is remarkable too, with a special note for Isabelle Adjani (Possession) who is perfectly pure and beautiful as always here.

The best aspect of the movie remains the poesy: a very dark and macabre one, and one that makes the experience unforgettable. This goes well with the overall slow paced of the movie, creating a unique sense of loneliness and desolation. The plague scenes are especially beautiful, in a completely macabre way.

Nosferatu the Vampyre manages to be, at the same time, a beautiful movie in every aspect (music, story, characters, scenery, camera work…) and one of the darkest flick I ever saw. I personally hold it among my favorite horror movies of all time.

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