Review: Nosferatu the Vampyre / Cert: PG / Director: Werner Herzog / Screenplay: Werner Herzog / Starring: Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Adjani, Roland Topor / Release Date: Out Now
As part of the upcoming Werner Herzog Collection, this 1979 classic finally gets a Blu-ray release. Herzog’s legendary vampire movie is a remake of sorts of F.W. Murneau’s 1922 Nosferatu, whilst also pulling other elements from Bram Stoker’s original source. When Count Dracula (Kinski) shows interest in purchasing a property, Jonathan Harker (Ganz) is sent to the Count’s Transylvanian lair to seal the deal. Of course, Dracula is revealed to be a vampire, and the Count sets his eyes on the affections of Harker’s ‘one true’, Lucy (Adjani).
Now we’ve all seen plenty of vampire movies over the years, so what makes this one so different? It’s no exaggeration to say that Nosferatu, the Vampyre is a masterpiece. The film is awash with style, texture and atmosphere. Visually stunning, complete with a haunting score, and exquisitely shot, this retelling of an old classic stands head and shoulders over nearly all of its peers. Central to all of the splendour of Herzog’s film is Klaus Kinski.
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