Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula
Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker
Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Harker
Roland Topor as Renfield
Walter Ladengast as Dr. Van Helsing
Dan van Husen
Jan Groth as Harbormaster
Carsten Bodinus as Schrader
Grohmann as Mina
Rijk de Gooyer as Town official
Clemens Scheitz as Clerk
Lo van Hensbergen
John Leddy as Coachman
Margiet van Hartingsveld
Tim Beekman as Coffinbearer
Jacques Dufilho as Captain
Michael Edols as
Lord of the manor
Roger Berry Losch
Johan te Slaa
Beverly Walker as Nun
- Director: Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog's remake of F.W. Murnau's original vampire
classic is at once a generous tribute to the great German director and a distinctly
unique vision by one of cinema's most idiosyncratic filmmakers.
Herzog star Klaus Kinski is both hideous and melancholy as Nosferatu (renamed
Count Dracula in the English language version). As in Murnau's film, he's a veritable
gargoyle with his bald pate and sunken eyes, and his talon-like fingernails and
two snaggly fangs give him a distinctly feral quality.
But Kinski's haunting
eyes also communicate a gloomy loneliness--the curse of his undead immortality--and
his yearning for Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) becomes a melancholy desire for love.
Bruno Ganz's sincere but foolish Jonathan is doomed to the vampire's will
and his wife, Lucy, a holy innocent whose deathly pallor and nocturnal visions
link her with the ghoulish Nosferatu, becomes the only hope against the monster's
Herzog's dreamy, delicate images and languid pacing
create a stunningly beautiful film of otherworldly mood, a faithful reinterpretation
that by the conclusion has been shaped into a quintessentially Herzog vision.
go along with most of Axmaker's review; some of the rewriting and detail changes
from both Stoker and Murnau's versions are irritating, but these are trivia when
you consider the movie as a whole; the mood and atmosphere would have made Stoker
proud, and Murnau wish he had modern equipment.
A fine film; a fitting
closure for the Hammer era. See it.
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- Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
- Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 5.1
- Studio: Anchor
- DVD Release Date: July 9, 2002
- Run Time: 107
Two-disc version features English and German languages.