Nosferatu the Vampyre 1979

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    Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German horror film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night). The film is set primarily in 19th century Wismar, Germany and Transylvania, and was conceived as a stylistic remake of F. W. Murnau's 1922 German Dracula adaptation Nosferatu. The picture stars Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, Isabelle Adjani as Lucy Harker, Bruno Ganz as Jonathan Harker, and French artist-writer Roland Topor as Renfield.

    This a film that I am watching this evening. A spell, a mood not a Hammer films action packed drama of the undead. The count explains that there are worse things than death never growing old, living across centuries, acknowledging his dilema his existential angst filled with knowledge and no self pity. A creature compelled to be what he is,with full knowledge of his situation and no guilt.
    A masterful presentation of the theme.
    Ann Rice in Lestat depicts the curse of the vampire through Lestat's maker, who unable to bear centuries of existence throws himself in to the fires to escape his fate. The count is forged from a different metal and continues on through being undead while attempting to transform his existence, by moving to London.
    I watched the drama from the perspective of the vampyre rather than the living.
    A spell revealing the soul of a hunter. Understated elegance in storytelling.
     
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    That's the best Dracula film ever made, a poetic masterpiece. It really stands apart from anything else in the genre.
     
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    for the age of angst and existential depression it certainly is a treat.
     
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    I love it, Herzog is a giant...
     
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    Have you seen Shadow of the Vampire?
    Great companion to all versions of Nosferatu. Basically a movie about the making of the original version, and how the actor playing the vampire was a legit vampire. Sounds trashy but it's extremely well done, John Malkovich playing F. W. Murnau, Willem Dafoe playing the vampire, great casting.
     
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    You can't beat a GOOD vampire flick.
    Let the Right One In (Swedish version), 40 Days of Night are some recent examples
     
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    This is surely one of the best amongst the gazillion vampire-movies!
    The Murnau original Nosferatu, Herzog's Nosferatu, Let the right on in (the swedish original, NOT the US-attempt), The Hunger with Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon and of course Polanski's Dance of the vampires (on the more...lighter side) are my favourites. In no particular order.
     
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    I actually like the American version of "let the right one in" very much.

    the novel of it is very good, too. it tells us some pre-history that's interesting.
     
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    yes, Let the Right One In, was really a treat. I have not seen 40 days, thanks for the tip.
     
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    yes, in the shadow was great, Willem Dafoe is and his depiction of the count is grand .
     
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    It's actually called 30 Days of Night - and it's really good.
     
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    thank you , something to spice up the holy daze.
     
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    ...and of course: "What we do in the Shadows". I'm a great fan of Nosferatu; and that is a good primer for wwdiys.
     
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    i should rewatch that.

    how do y'all feel about near dark?
     
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    Dracula by Bram Stoker has been described as a gothic romance.

    Victorian Romance
    • A sympathetic heroine. The heroine is the key to any romance. ...
    • A strong, irresistible hero. ...
    • Emotional tension. ...
    • A believable plot. ...
    • A happy-ever-after ending.
    Here is a list of some common elements found in Gothic novels:
    • Gloomy, decaying setting (haunted houses or castles with secret passages, trapdoors, and other mysterious architecture)
    • Supernatural beings or monsters (ghosts, vampires, zombies, giants)
    • Curses or prophecies. D. is cursed
    • Damsels in distress. Lucy and Wilmina are endangered by the count
    • Heroes. Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker, Dr. John Seward, Arthur Holmwood,
    • Quincey P,Morris all hold the victims as beloved variations of romance Dracula has also fallen for Wilamena so he love her in his way.
    • The heroes must protect the heroine from the villain.
    • Romance.
    The term Gothic fiction refers to a style of writing that is characterized by elements of fear, horror, death, and gloom, as well as romantic elements, such as nature, individuality, and very high emotion. These emotions can include fear and suspense.

    Existential Plot Lines
    near dark was fun, fun fun, fun Kathryn Ann Bigelow did a great job. the parallel of vampirism and heroin addiction was fun , he and she are cured with a blood transfusion, and the amorality of being vampryic and a strung out heroin addict was interesting.
    The vampire crew were all great Lance Henriksen as Jesse Hooker and Jenette Goldstein as Diamondback, really did the mom and pop version off the Clevers a big time oh yeah, Diamondback as the den mother, Bill Paxton as Severn "I hate it when they ain't been shaved!" yeah it was eyett. Homer (Joshua John Miller" aka
    little boner as jesse calls him, could get "cold as a snake laying in the shade."
    Lines like "anybody wanna play some 5 card russian roulette ?" what's not to like?
     
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    Remember Andy Warhols Dracula where the poor dude didn't want to bite
    anyone and watched for accidents then went out into the street with
    sponges to suck up the blood after an horse killed a pedestrian.
     
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    i haven't seen this in years but i remember really liking it.

     
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    i really liked this one too. i think it's the first farsi language vampire movie?
     
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    I remember watching this film when it came out while I lived in Denmark. Certainly the best and creepiest vampire film I've seen. Klaus Kinski is brilliant in it, I can still picture the scene on the boat with the rats in my head. German film making at the time certainly with Fassbinder and Herzog has never been better. I watched the 13 part tv series Berlin Alexanderplatz Fassbinders telling of Alfred Dobins book about Germany between WW1 and WW2. Just fantastic and easily as good as the Wire etc.
     
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