Some scenes are stupendous, and Herzog's feel for extremes sure lends this film a remarkable quality of excess. Also the play with darkness and light is amazing. Overall, though, I think this is a footnote to Murnau's incomparable masterpiece. As much as Herzog tries to display a boundless, unrestrained courage, this film feels constrained and diminished by genre impositions and the shadow of its predecessor.
Quite possibly the best Dracula movie there is. Where the original shines as a expressionistic nightmare, this one looks and feels more like a Monet painting that relies on mist, sunlight and darkness. And it does that without exaggerated cinematography. Music by Popol Wuh evokes the feeling of surreal, while the main antagonist is explored as alienated creature filled with lust more than ever before and ever after.
This Dracula is the least menacing of all. You can see him in constant pain. But then the rats! The plague! I love how the town loses hope and succumbs into chaos after his arrival. Adjani and Ganz were great. Also, Herzog takes his time to explore every scene in depth. You almost feel the impulse to grab a piece of chicken with Jonathan, or spend hours by the fire listening to the gypsies’ tales.
I saw this at the cinema when it originally came out, and it's the only film I have EVER fallen asleep to... At least I didn't totally waste my time, as I did get a good rest. This is not from a Herzog hater, by the way - I usually like his films... One star for the cinematography.
A beating heart of moss shrouded in mildew-stained parchment. Captures the organic horror of plague through devious, indirect means and awesome poetic beauty that never quite tips over into kitsch. Kinski is a great white worm here. Like biting down upon a delicious Black Forest gateau and coming back with the taste of blood in your mouth.
CINEMA _ Not sure about the necessity of making such a film. It is surely a perilous exercice, after Murnau of course but also after Polanski who made a comedy out of it. Herzog is dead serious, the cinematography splendid and it is all about the atmosphere. The sound is of all important : wind blowing, strange noises, Wagner over and over again. It almost falls into a caricature but it falls on the right side.
Herzog's take on the Murnau classic features a riveting turn by Klaus Kinski that unfortunately still pales next to Max Schreck's defining portrayal. This sterile take on Stoker's 'Dracula' lacks the power and horror of the '22 original. Of note is the score by Popol Vuh which is just dynamite. Well worth a look for its own distinct vision but a horror classic it is not...for that stick with the symphony.
The director, Werner Herzog, and the cinematographers of this movie did an excellent job creating an iry and ominous vibe to this film. As well as, highlighting the more touching moments, like Lucy and Johnathan’s farewell scene on the beach, with the perfect ambiance to provoke certain emotions. This is an overall great movie, and I would recommend to others.