Sent to Transylvania to negotiate for a house purchased by the monstrous Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker leaves his idyllic town, turning a deaf ear to his wife Lucy’s ill omens. Soon, Jonathan finds himself trapped, and Dracula descends from the mountains towards Lucy, with death and plague in tow.
Our epic Herzog series enters its last round! Revisiting F.W. Murnau’s classic, Herzog made a unique, elemental take on Dracula: a haunting vision of life, death, and superstition, aglow with color and finding pity for Kinski’s deathless wraith. With Isabelle Adjani, the carnal queen of Euro-horror.
So many painters and paintings here, deeply digested, as the romantic era verges on the modern and monsters slide out from behind the Biedermeier for a last dance, even though we know that they figure a way to infect the modern era, too. I loved the way this film was haunted by the original. So smart and rich how Herzog conjured shadows of Murnau.
"Cruel is when you can't die even when you want to. The absence of love is the most abject pain....We've all contracted the plague, so let's enjoy whatever time we have left to live." 4.2 stars for Herzog's star-studded, rat-filled production of the classic Nosferatu.
Herzog's melancholy masterpiece--the opening of the mummified corpses is one of the most haunting scenes.
Klaus Kinski's best performance (a balance between the grotesque and loneliness), Isabelle Adjani's lunar, otherworldly beauty, the sublime score from Popol Vuh (their most atmospheric, textured collaboration with Herzog), the doomed erotic romanticism.
My favorite European horror film of the 1970s.
This, like other Herzog films I've seen, was wonderfully fragile and imperfect, in a very vital and exciting way. His films sort of feel like they could fall apart at any moment; then comes a scene of staggering beauty and mystery like Harker's ascent through the Carpathian mountains, where everything pauses to allow this wholly wondrous thing to occur. Filmmakers like Herzog help me see how boring perfection is.
I watched this last night and wow, all i can say is Warner Herzog never ceases to amaze me with his insane surreal shots and awesome camerwork, and it actually freaked me out more than most horror movies. genius