• Azal Abedi

    Watched by Azal Abedi 01 Sep, 2014 1

    Like this a little more than the original.

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  • Ollie

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ollie 28 Aug, 2014

    Herzog nails the tone and Kinski is the best on-screen vampire I've seen.

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Bob Hovey 26 Aug, 2014

    Staggeringly effective vampire film... Herzog and Kinski show us a Count Dracula who is simultaneously frightening and pitiful ... a subtle and breathtaking performance and a very believable interpretation of the legendary character, one that makes most vampire films seem silly by comparison. It was also beautifully filmed, and the music added a lot of atmosphere (except perhaps in a couple of places where it seemed a bit bombastic). Though Ganz has the most screen time, I thought it was…

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  • Spencer Howard

    Watched by Spencer Howard 25 Aug, 2014 1

    Watched for Home School Film School for this week's Film Dispenser Podcast.

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  • jthomasmurphy

    ★★★½ Watched by jthomasmurphy 24 Aug, 2014

    Slow, quiet and gorgeous. Kinski's portrayal of Dracula is strange and compelling. However, it feels a bit thin and more like the Cliff's Notes version of the Dracula legend.

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  • Anthony

    Watched by Anthony 22 Aug, 2014

    The sort of movie you fall asleep to late on Halloween nights as a child, vaguely aware of the fact that you're meant to be unsettled by the film's supernatural elements but actually lulled to drooping eyelids by the familiarity of the film's "eerie" imagery. Herzog conforms so closely to his predecessor that this remake seems more an homage than a movie in its own right, especially when Herzog and his cinematographer Schmidt-Reitwein's painterly imagery is so conventional (if lovely)…

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  • 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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