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

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 17, 1979
DVD Release Date: February 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

An evocative exercise in alienation and existential dread, Herzog masterfully tackles one of the greatest gothic stories ever with Nosferatu the Vampyre with the unforgettable (as always) Klaus Kinski as the titular blood-sucker.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

This is a pinnacle of horror cinema: atmospheric, rhapsodic and -- especially in the slow-burn confrontations between Lucy and her otherworldly inamorato -- achingly transcendent.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

There's a grey, plodding quality to the film which sidesteps oppressive, doom-laden inevitability and goes straight to slightly dull.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

It's a curious mix: at times deliriously hammy, at others melancholy, contemplative and oddly beautiful.

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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's funny without being silly, eerie without being foolish and uncommonly beautiful in a way that has nothing to do with mere prettiness.

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator

Worth seeing for the visuals, then, but minor Herzog.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
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… More
Lee ?
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… More
MisterYoda ?
four stars...
Aj V
A remake of the classic 20s film. It's pretty good, but I'd rather watch the original.
Chris Weber
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… More
Drew Smith
Hypnotic in a way that I haven't experienced from a film in a long time...not since There Will Be Blood, I'd be so bold as to say. It's so… More