Dracula Done Right: Werner Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu the Vampyre’

Death is not the worst…Can you imagine enduring centuries, experiencing each day the same futilities…

– NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT (1979)

Fan of old-school horror movies? Looking for a creepy way to cap-off (or kick-off) a night out this weekend? Head over to Nitehawk Cinema this Friday or Saturday night for a rare screening of Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Werner Herzog‘s poignant take on the Bram Stoker Dracula legend. Enjoy a cocktail and a late-night snack while you get your fill of filmmaking at its finest.

Long-time Herzog collaborator Klaus Kinski plays a terrifyingly convincing Count Dracula, who seeks to purchase an estate in a town near his castle after seeing a picture of the estate agent’s beautiful wife, Lucy Harker (played by Isabelle Adjani). Needless to say, all hell breaks loose on the town as the Count brings with him plague and the immortal yearning of the undead. Contemplative and existential, Herzog’s Dracula adaptation is a refreshing study of desire and mortality, chilling enough to quench both the palates of casual movie-goers and the thirstiest of cinephiles.

While you wait for Friday night, here’s a short documentary on the making of Nosferatu:

Nosferatu the Vampyre is a part of Nitehawk’s Midnite Weekend Screenings, a solid line-up of horror/thriller flicks playing every weekend to get you geared up for the fast approaching Halloween season.

And if you can’t get enough Herzog, make sure to check out the Les Blank retrospective at BAM next week. They’re screening Herzog’s ambitious and controversial Fitzcarraldo (1982) as well as the wild Fitzcarraldo documentary, Burden of Dreams, that Blank shot on-set with Herzog in the Peruvian jungle.

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