A movie unlike any other...
Seriously, I do not understand how this film was lost in the flood of mediocrity of the late 1990’s/early 2000’s. It is so clever and odd and charming.
Willem DaFoe is ALMOST as creepy as Max Schreck and in some ways, namely that creepy grin, he is even more disturbing. His performance is infectious and strangely charming. John Malkovich is quite strange as Murnau, but his strange performance is warranted and pairs with DaFoe seamlessly.
Watch this film and pay attention to the subtlety of DaFoe’s Count Orlock. This may be forgotten, but it is worth remembering.