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Nadja approaches the Dracula legend from an idiosyncratic angle - and with just enough visual style to overcome uneven storytelling. Read critic reviews

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After her father, Dracula, is killed, vampire Nadja (Elina Lowensohn) launches a feud against her father's murderer, Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Fonda). Nadja begins her revenge by attempting to seduce Van Helsing's daughter, Lucy (Galaxy Craze). But Van Helsing has also recruited Lucy's twin brother (Jared Harris), his son (Martin Donovan) and his other children to bring down the vampires. As the family conspires against Nadja, she proves that she won't be so easily defeated.

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Critic Reviews for Nadja

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (10)

  • In the title role of Michael Almereyda's "Nadja," an elegant, witty but also sometimes tedious spin on the legend of Dracula, Elina Lowensohn is a black-caped beauty with a bold Frida Kahlo face.

    October 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Not without interest, but less satisfying than even an average Hammer horror.

    October 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This offbeat horror item works much better as a dreamy mood piece with striking poetic images and as a semicomic appreciation of a few quintessential low-budget actors than as straight-ahead storytelling.

    October 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A lovely idea for a film that's been beautifully executed but slips too far off its narrative tracks to get where it wants to go.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • An idiosyncratic film, admired by many for its strong atmosphere, and by this writer for its absurd(ist) casting of a barely recognisable Fonda as Donovan's mad uncle Van Helsing.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It is refreshing to see so much style and life in the old undead tale, and to watch this strong cast with its perfect deadpan attitudes.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Nadja

  • Oct 01, 2009
    One of the worst vampire movies I have ever come across. Its in my Suzy Amis Collection and the only reason I continued to watch it. Dracula gets hunted down and killed by the current Van Helsing. But Dracula's Daughter Nadja takes his place in the undead world. Nadja, coincidentally gets involved in a lesbian relationship with Lucy, wife to Jim Van Helsing. Its in B&W which takes away from the overall movie, after all it was filmed in 1994.I didn't get much out of this, maybe an Art house Movie, not sure, just didn't work for me at all. 1 Star
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2009
    I dont know how some people like this film. It is absolutely hideous. The dialogues and the actors were horrible. Nonetheless, i would give one star for the film just because director, Michael Almereyda, did a quite marvelous job by shooting an entire feature film with a Fisher-Price camera. Hence, two thumbs up for the cinematography.
    Linda K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2008
    A unique film experience.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2008
    the most poetic vampire film I have ever seen. Beautiful, emotional, raw, engaging, and vastly under-seen and under-rated.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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