Building a bridge back to German expressionism and romanticism, Herzog’s sumptuous, melancholic and erotically charged vision revalidates the cultural inheritance of a country “vampirically” mesmerised by the catastrophe of Nazism.
Though able to draw directly upon Bram Stoker’s Dracula (by then in public domain), Herzog’s film is primarily an homage to Murnau’s 1922 classic, Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror. Kinski, in his second collaboration with the director, is perfectly cast in the title role. With Bruno Ganz (as Jonathan Harker) and Isabelle Adjani. Music by Popol Vuh.
Nosferatu the Vampyre
The film traces the blood-sucking progress of Count Dracula 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 from continuing his demonic practices is the self-sacrifice of Lucy Harker.