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Nosferatu the Vampyre - 4 out of 5
Remaking Bram Stoker's Dracula, Werner Herzog shows this classic story in a whole new light and refused to showcase the horror and fear that Dracula delivers but rather shows the despair and sadness a creature like the Count suffers from.
Everything you expect from the unique filmmaker (and one of my personal favorites) is here. Dreary landscapes and deep shadows inhabit this film as he takes you on a journey in the depression that culminates in being a servant of the undead. This isn't your old vampire story with a heavy emphasis on romance or horror and this was made LONG before vampires became creepy stalking and staring high school kids who sparkle in the sun. Even watching this movie during a time when the vampire genre has become an "eternal romance" cliche, this film is refreshing take on the Dracula story--and this movie was made in 1979. That fact alone is a testament to the one-of-a-kind filmmaking that Herzog made his career on.
Playing the role of infamous Count was the equally infamous Herzog go-to guy, Klaus Kinski. This amazing actor really shows his range as he takes this role to a whole other level that was made famous by Max Shreck nearly 60 years earlier in Nosferatu. Klaus' performance and Herzog's amazing work as a director and writer really made this a great movie to watch. This is, in my humble opinion, one of Herzog's best works.