• Luke McCarthy

    ★★★★★ Watched by Luke McCarthy 28 Jan, 2015

    5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films - Film #12

    A waking nightmare drenched in the foggy haze of a death. A meditation on mortality. A love story.
    Herzog takes the classic tale of Count Dracula and transforms it into something unforgettable. The cinematography is simply breathtaking; foggy mountains, gothic mansions and medieval cities are captured with unbelievable clarity. Kinski gives what may be one of the most strange, scary and oddly tragic performances I've ever seen committed to film. The…

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  • Jason Alley

    ★★★★ Watched by Jason Alley 25 Jan, 2015

    Creepy, atmospheric, and at times astonishingly beautiful, Werner Herzog's take on the classic story of Dracula is both a completely faithful horror film AND a Herzog film to its very core.

    As expected, Klaus Kinski is an outstanding Count Dracula, much more pitiful and painfully lonely than he is scary (though he is quite scary, too).

    The film is just a tad slow, but it's packed with brilliant imagery and ideas (those plague rats!), and it's got a gorgeous score and a magnificent lead performance.

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  • Mike Murphy

    ★★★½ Watched by Mike Murphy 22 Jan, 2015

    Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula in Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre is outstanding. Add to this the incredible make-up applied to Kinski and you recreate one of the creepiest vampires ever filmed. Herzog's shooting locations, sets and atmospheric music all end up making this film a must watch.

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  • James Utley

    ★★★★½ Watched by James Utley 17 Jan, 2015

    This is how horror should be done - this is brilliant.

    Nosferatu the Vampyre shows how brilliant Werner Herzog's filmmaking talents are in this atmospheric horror, which has creeping tension and a masterful performance which Klaus Kinski was seemingly born to do. Somehow, with its consistently chilling mood, it manages to make up for the slow pace.

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  • Connor Denney

    ★★★★ Watched by Connor Denney 08 Jan, 2015

    It is easy to criticize the film for what it does not have. As a representative of the New German Cinema movement (or the German New Wave), Werner Herzog's remake of Murnau's seminal horror film (which Herzog called the best German film ever made) hardly creates an air of terror, filming scenes in sparse daylight while using a score that, while eerie at times, is content to express the quaintness of daily life in a German village just as often…

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  • Simon Columb

    ★★★½ Added by Simon Columb

    Remaking an established, classic, staple of German expressionist cinema in 1979 must’ve been a tough sell. Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre, primarily a re-telling of F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece, is also a deeply eerie, unsettling and haunting film in its own right. Herzog is not averse to remakes, as he has proven recently with Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Unlike Bad Lieutenant, Herzog chose Nosferatu so he could play with Murnau’s story and expand upon minor-moments in his…

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  • radiomanhead

    ★★★ Watched by radiomanhead 14 Dec, 2014

    Esta película se me ha resistido mucho a través del tiempo, la vi siendo un adolescente y no me gustó, y ahora muchos años después decidí darle otra oportunidad y aunque no me parece un mal filme no termino de conectar con el. Klaus Kinski esta soberbio (aunque a mi parecer inferior a Max Schreck) y la ambientación es muy adecuada y lúgubre sin olvidar su estupendo arranque.

    Pero el resto de los actores me parecen casi penosos, la historia…

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  • James Merolla

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by James Merolla 26 Dec, 2014

    Werner Herzog erases the line between dream and reality in this meditative horror masterpiece. Each image is full of emotion and dark thoughts of death.

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  • Ron Williams

    ★★★★★ Watched by Ron Williams 28 Dec, 2014

    Herzog and Kinski unite again for one of the most beautiful horror films of all time.
    Look for Ep 40 of the Culture Overdose Podcast on iTunes for a full review.

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  • Glorbes

    ★★★★ Watched by Glorbes 28 Dec, 2014

    There isn't much to complain about in this retelling of the Dracula story except for the piss poor quality of the Anchor Bay dvd that I watched. The film has that slightly askew style that Herzog brings to his subjects, and has a wonderfully dirty and authentic layer of grime to its period setting. The building sense of dread and the corrupting nature of Dracula's presence are remarkably illustrated, and as always Herzog manages to avoid exploitation and instead focus…

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  • moondriver

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by moondriver 10 Oct, 2014

    the best vampire movie ever made. the count has an worthy adversary in lucy and their relationship elevates this above the standard fare. their discussion of mortality and love reveals the count to be a pathetic and lonely figure in addition to his other monstrous qualities.

    the use of popol vuh and das rheingold brilliantly sets the tone. it's slow and ethereal, taking its time to ease you into this world. harker's journey to the castle feels long, the scenery…

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  • Clint Cullum

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Clint Cullum 24 Dec, 2014

    Werner Herzog manages at once to pay literalist homage to F.W. Murnau's silent masterpiece while subverting it to correspond with his obsessive, post-war fatalism. Less expressionistic and terrifying than the original, Herzog's take is more ruminative, dream-like, and hypnotic, filled with potent imagery of black backgrounds, pale skin, and etherial landscapes. Klaus Kinski was born to play Count Dracula.

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