• SilentDawn

    ★★★★★ Watched by SilentDawn 16 Aug, 2014 5

    Letterboxd can be a lonely place sometimes. When I first watched Aguirre: The Wrath of God, I was underwhelmed beyond belief. Here, supposedly, was a masterful film about the descent into madness; and I was left cold. Amateurish camerawork, lazy editing, and one great performance by Klaus Kinski equals an experience that left me saying; "really?"

    Now, let me preface this review by saying that Werner Herzog's filmography is hit/miss with me. Rescue Dawn and Grizzly Man blew me away…

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  • Gregory Sahadachny

    ★★★½ Watched by Gregory Sahadachny 09 Aug, 2014

    GERMAN VERSION

    Kinski supplies his best expressionist acting effortlessly. Adjani is impossible to peel your eyes away from. for Herzog's part, he does a good job of retelling the Dracula tale. there are some inspired surrealist shots mixed in, as the whole town enters the dance of death. i think the main thing i was not crazy about was the score; nearly grating.

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  • Rodney Sedgwick

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rodney Sedgwick 04 Aug, 2014

    Count Dracula: ''The absence of love is the most abject pain.''

    I'll be damned if this isn't the best cinematic telling of the good ol' Dracula tale that I have experienced, and it even nods respectfully to Murnau's 1922 silent classic in all the right ways (it is more a remake of that film, which in itself deviates from Bram Stoker's literary version). The poor old blood guzzler just wants a bit of love, and imagine the existential crisis that…

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  • Thorkell August Ottarsson

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Thorkell August Ottarsson 04 Aug, 2014

    A friend of mine once said that the any time a great drama director made a horror film it always turned out to be something much more than horror. Kubrick's Shining, Roeg's Don't Look Now, Polanski's Repulsion and this film by Herzog are all a good example of that.

    Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht is a remake of Murnau's famous silent films. Herzog is a huge fan of the original (he thinks it is the best German film ever made). Herzog…

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  • Eugene McCrann

    ★★ Watched by Eugene McCrann 15 Jul, 2014

    The German connection. I get that. Still, there isn’t much for Herzog to do here. Aside from the location shooting, I counted a handful of moments that are veritably Herzogian: Harker’s journey to the Count’s castle is a precursor to The Dark Glow of the Mountains, replete with awe-scaled imagery and an obligatory raft sequence; there’s also the fossilized corpses in the tombs and the Count’s general meanderings on man’s place in the world. Otherwise, Herzog lacks any dramatic sensibility,…

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  • BreefEncounter

    ★★★★ Watched by BreefEncounter 02 Aug, 2014

    This movie is so good.

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  • Giovanni Iacobucci

    ★★★★ Watched by Giovanni Iacobucci 30 Jul, 2014

    Herzog’s take on the German classic fits with his overarching common thesis that the natural state of the world is rape and chaos. Its visual style alternates, to uneven success, between his patented fact-meets-fiction documentary realism and bursts of Expressionism whenever Nosferatu is onscreen. It’s chilling in large part thanks to how unsettlingly unusual Herzog’s vision of what a horror film looks like is. It is, more often than not, a truly beautiful movie, with quaint location shooting that’s flooded…

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  • Matt Ellis

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Matt Ellis 27 Jul, 2014

    This new Shout! Factory Blu ray set certainly has some color issues, but Herzog has still never looked better. This viewing experience was night and day from the old non-anamorphic DVD of this that was floating around earlier.

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  • Travis Williams

    ★★★★ Watched by Travis Williams 26 Jul, 2014

    Hertzog gives his unique take on the classic tale. I loved the sublte changes he made to the story while still keeping it in tact. Klaus Kinski is incredible as Count Dracula as well.

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  • fmax

    ★★★★ Added by fmax

    Sure, the budget pokes through considerably in the last half of this remake of the classic silent film, but much more prominent throughout it are Herzog's sensibilities as a filmmaker. The German director's focus is unsurprisingly, and appropriately, on Dracula's close relationship with his baser instincts. Indeed it's key that this film takes its name from the classic of early-20th century German expressionism rather than the Stoker text that inspired both; certainly, the novel possesses the romantic subtext that evidently draws Herzog to this material, but the hideous, ratlike appearance of Murnau's Count Orlok brings these details to the foreground.

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  • Brian Tallerico

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Brian Tallerico 26 Jul, 2014

    What a creepy way to start a weekend.

    Someone should make Shadow of the Vampire 2 about Kinski and this movie because you know there's enough material to do so.

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  • Sam Redfern

    ★★★½ Watched by Sam Redfern 25 Jul, 2014 2

    Suggested by Malick Kaufman - One Week to Watch Callenge

    The absence of love is the most abject pain.
    - Count Dracula

    I've not seen many of Werner Herzog's films which is quite strange considering he's made two films that are in my top 100, those being Lessons of Darkness and Aguirre: The Wrath of God. So I was glad that I finally had the chance to watch another one of his films. Although, at the end of the film…

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