Nosferatu, the Vampyre

Nosferatu, the Vampyre

Werner Herzog (1979)

15 Certificate


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Fearless director Werner Herzog took a risk remaking such a seminal masterpiece as FW Murnau's Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors. Indeed, how could you compete with the iconic Max Schreck as the cadaverous, world-weary vampire? Not to be deterred, Herzog cast his best "fiend" Klaus Kinski, and the notoriously volatile star actually succeeds in bringing some tragic sadness to the part, as he seeks to possess and drain ethereal beauty Isabelle Adjani. Remakes of classics can fail badly (Gus Van Sant's Psycho, for instance) and Herzog even went as far as duplicating shots from the 1922 original, but there is a haunting if languorous quality that allows his magnificent-looking interpretation to exist on its own terms.


A recently married man is held prisoner in the castle of a vampire. He manages to escape, but returns home a broken man with no memory. However, the vampire follows him, spreading plague in his wake, and is filled with obsession for his victim's wife. Werner Herzog's horror, a remake of the silent film inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula, with Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz and Walter Ladengast. In German, English and Romany.

Cast & Crew

Count Dracula Klaus Kinski
Lucy Harker Isabelle Adjani
Jonathan Harker Bruno Ganz
Renfield Roland Topor
Dr Van Helsing Walter Ladengast
Schrader Carsten Bodinus
Mina Martje Grohmann
Vrouw Margiet van Hartingsveld
Director Werner Herzog
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Other Information

Language: German +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: violenceAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Nov 2013