I feel like with every Dracula film I see (I've seen 5 now) I should do a pros and cons list, since every adaptation has superior qualities, but then qualities that keep it from being the definitive version (if that even exists for Dracula).
Werner Herzog's adaptation comes pretty close in some places. It is definitely the most gorgeous and handles its' atmosphere the best. However a few things (mainly it's clunky characters and occasional silly moments) keep…
• Like a boss, Herzog makes the smooth transition from countless dead bodies in the opening credits to cute kitties playing
• Even though this is one of the least bloody and gory vampire flicks I’ve seen, the horror lies in the human psyche and it works quite well
• Having a sleepover in Count Dracula’s house has never been this much fun, disturbing and awkward at the same time
• I’ve seen more realistic plastic nails in…
Opening with a haunting display of mummified remains as they all seem frozen in a mix of fear and awe, with Popol Vuh's profoundly haunting score playing, I knew I was going to be in for something special with Nosferatu the Vampyre. It did not disappoint, as the film is as reverential of its progenitor as it is willing to forge its own path, and even the shots that are most directly lifted from Murnau's immortal classic take on the…
Herzog had the unique advantage of being able to cast an actual monster in the Dracula role. I realize the director was primarily interested in creating a cinematic link to Murnau's original, but I couldn't help but dream what Herzog might have done with other classic horror franchises like Frankenstein and The Wolfman.
Pop culture parodies and a general lightheartedness with which people talk about vampires make it more difficult in his day and age to take a more modern dramatic telling of Count Dracula too seriously. When Isabella Adjani starts arguing with Dr. Van Helsing, it makes you acutely aware of the falseness of what you are watching.
That being said, Herzog's films have a certain tenacity to them. I mean the man stole a 35mm camera because he believed he had…
Along with Don't Look Now , one of the truly haunting terror pictures of the 70's.
Klaus Kinskis portrayal of Count Dracula in this could be my favourite. He manages to capture a sense of loneliness the desperation to find a mate, whilst still creating a character that is rightfully feared. Unfortunately I can't say the same about the rest of the cast who were pretty lacklustre, although Isabelle Adjani gives some of the best and campy physical overacting I have seen in a very long time. For me the film looked incredible and had some…
Werner Herzog’s remake is a very good film with terrific performances and it’s a film that oozes atmosphere and tension throughout. A remake of the classic film, this film is slightly different, and is a slow paced feature that takes its time, but in that regard leaves plenty of time to build up the tension in the viewer. Klaus Kinski is great as Dracula, and he is perfect in the part. The film focuses more closely to the source material…
"As crianças da noite fazem sua música. Meu jovem... você é como os aldeões que não conseguem sentir a alma do caçador."
"Somente a morte é cruel."
"A morte é cruel quando inesperada, mas não é o que considero cruel. Cruel é não poder morrer mesmo quando se deseja."
Gostei bem mais do que achei que gostaria. Como representação da mitologia o filme não é lá muito bem sucedido perto de várias outras versões, mas Herzog tem um olho privilegiado…
Hoop-Tober 2.0: Film #10/31
The Horror in Question
I was disappointed with the first adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1958’s Dracula , but this is more like it.
With his mesmerizing, strange, deeply frightening and almost trance-like at times take on this horror classic, Werner Herzog delivers what is definitely my favorite version of this often-adapted story, that introduced one of the greatest villains in horror history, Count Dracula.
As played brilliantly by Klaus Kinski, this Dracula looks like F.W.…
Definitely a unique film (ironically, for a remake) and has a lot going for it, but they don't really come together into a great film. In part, a lot of the great things don't really feel bought into entirely, or are undermined by some other factors. The landscape shots are mining a tradition of Romantic painting, but feel mediocre at best, especially since the file we watched looked like an old TV broadcast. Kinski's Dracula is quirky and charming, but…
Herzog's slowburn remake of the silent classic hits many notes, but misses a few. The film looks amazing, and Kinski is memorable as the count. The rest of the cast is solid as well, but the script lacks suprises and is just a bit too average. I like the film, but falls short compared to other stuff made by good ol Werner.