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Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979)

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96

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 2

Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.

86

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

Stunning visuals from Werner Herzog and an intense portrayal of the famed bloodsucker from Klaus Kinski make this remake of Nosferatu a horror classic in its own right.

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For Werner Herzog's 1979 remake of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 silent horror-fest Nosferatu, star Klaus Kinski adopts the same makeup style used by Murnau's leading man Max Schreck. Yet in the Herzog version, the crucial difference is that Nosferatu becomes more and more decayed and desiccated as the film progresses. Essentially a retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu the Vampyre traces the blood-sucking progress of the count as he takes over a small German village, then attempts to

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Art House & International, Horror

Werner Herzog

Feb 16, 1999

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (2) | DVD (19)

To say of someone that they were born to play a vampire is a strange compliment, but if you will compare the two versions of Nosferatu you might agree with me that only Kinski could have equaled or rivaled Max Schreck's performance.

November 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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You can love this movie without having to admit it's merely an okay version of Dracula.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Between the hordes of stowaway rats that accompany Dracula's arrival, and a town-plaza dance of folly by doomed survivors (a Herzog addition), it's like being present at the birth of a medieval legend.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The acting is too eccentric and the narrative drive too weak to satisfy fans of the genre, but Herzog's admirers will find much in the film's animistic landscapes and clusters of visionary imagery.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Fascinating, but flawed.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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It's funny without being silly, eerie without being foolish and uncommonly beautiful in a way that has nothing to do with mere prettiness.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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Nosferatu is at least as much a tribute to surrealist pioneer Luis Bunuel as it is to Murnau.

May 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Topless Robot
Topless Robot

Herzog, cinematographer Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein and production designer Henning von Gierke conjure a near-endless stream of arresting images.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Werner Herzog's venture to Transylvania seems as much inspired by German romantic art (Caspar David Friedrich, especially) as by Bram Stoker or Bela Lugosi.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Nothing goes bang in the night. Rather there is a continuous unsettling drone screech of everything going wrong all the way through.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

Nosferatu the Vampyre comes across as the perfect conflation of everything that makes Werner Herzog Werner Herzog.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This is Herzog's journey to the heart of darkness, a film that specifically echoes his earlier offerings The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and his South American odyssey Aguirre, Wrath of God.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Slowed down to a nightmare crawl, it's one of its director's most bizarre, resonant and fascinating films.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Nosferatu the Vampyre Playing to the visual and narrative strengths of the original, Werner Herzog still succeeds in imprinting the material with his own unique sensibility.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There is a haunting if languorous quality that allows his magnificent-looking interpretation to exist on its own terms.

October 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Dracula make-up is a homage to Max Schreck's Count Orlock, but Werner Herzog's 1979 effort owes little else to FW Murnau's silent classic.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Herzog tears down as much as he revives in this beguiling incantation of silent cinema

April 27, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Replaces unnerving gore with an eerie, erotic beauty.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Werner Herzog's 1979 homage to F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent film is an appropriately chilling telling of the Gothic tale filled with delightfully scary touches and recreated camera angles from Murnau's original.

April 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Sometimes dismissed for being too slowly paced and too slavish to its source, it is in fact superior to the original.

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

A serious-minded, true-in-spirit redux.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

It is a simple and well-known story but sadly this version overcomplicates it to its detriment.

October 7, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Sumptuous yet earthy, philosophical yet humorous, it's a masterpiece in its own right.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)

Count Dracula: Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death.

Nosferatu The Vampyre is my favorite of the Dracula adaptations I've seen thus far in my life. I've only seen a few of Herzog's non-documentary films and this is my favorite of the three. The other two being Bad Lieutenant and My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?. This has that distinct Herzog feel to it and I don't believe there was a better director to remake F.W. Murnau's silent classic, and there also wasn't anyone who could have portrayed Count Dracula as perfectly and terrifyingly as Klaus Kinski.

This is one of the few horror films I've seen that I would describe as beautiful and it's no wonder coming from Herzog. The imagery and settings are absolutely gorgeous and atmospheric.

Werner Herzog's Nosferatu should not be missed by any film or horror buff. This is an absolute classic and up there for one of the best vampire movies ever. I loved every second of it.
April 28, 2014
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Melvin White

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four stars...
January 30, 2014
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This film holds a special place in my heart because it was my first exposure to Werner Herzog and his films. I loved it when I first saw it, and that was just on a general level.

Now that I am actually a fan of Herzog, and know things about him I can appreciate this even more. But, looking at it from just my original perspective, this is a very impressive, spellbinding, and masterful horror film.

It's a remake of the Murnau classic, and it takes even more liberties with the original source material than Murnau did, but this is nevertheless a wonderful vampire movie. It's hands down one of the top 5 creepiest and unnerving films I've ever seen. The atmosphere, mood, and tone are hauntingly unnerving, and I've never been so filled with dread during an opening credits sequence like I am with this one.

Kinski as Dracula is one of the scariest things ever. He's ugly, creepy, and, despite being more restrained than usual, is quite memorable as a chilling bloodsucker. Isabelle Adjani is the epitome of seductive, pale, gothic beauties, and she
September 3, 2012
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A remake of the silent classic courtesy of director Werner Herzog. It is very slow and some may find it boring, but the dark creepy atmosphere is constant and Klaus Kinski is great in the lead role as the Vampire. It's not a blood drenched film, but if you're in the mood for something a little slow paced and atmospheric then check it out!
January 9, 2011
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Lee ?

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