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Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)
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 spread his influence and activities to the rest of the world. All that prevents Dracula… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Madness and death hang over Herzog's Wagner-scored vision like a black cloud, while Kinski adds much poignancy to Dracula, the lonely immortal."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
"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."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"You can love this movie without having to admit it's merely an okay version of Dracula."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"There's a grey, plodding quality to the film which sidesteps oppressive, doom-laden inevitability and goes straight to slightly dull."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Nosferatu is at least as much a tribute to surrealist pioneer Luis Bunuel as it is to Murnau."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Topless Robot
"Nothing goes bang in the night. Rather there is a continuous unsettling drone screech of everything going wrong all the way through."
‑ John Bleasdale, Electric Sheep
"Slowed down to a nightmare crawl, it's one of its director's most bizarre, resonant and fascinating films."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"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."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
"It's funny without being silly, eerie without being foolish and uncommonly beautiful in a way that has nothing to do with mere prettiness."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Herzog, cinematographer Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein and production designer Henning von Gierke conjure a near-endless stream of arresting images."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Nosferatu the Vampyre comes across as the perfect conflation of everything that makes Werner Herzog Werner Herzog."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
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