NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE
October 22 only
“It is about the mood and style of vampirism, about the terrible seductive pity of it all.” – Roger Ebert.
Werner Herzog’s only horror film is as rich with artistry and tragedy as his most grounded, human work. It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz, DOWNFALL; WINGS OF DESIRE) is leaving on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife Lucy (POSSESSION’s Isabelle Adjani) begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger. Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski). The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampire. Even still, he doesn’t realize the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience.
Directed by Wener Herzog. 1979. West Germany. 107 min. German with English subtitles.
Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.
This film is part of Don’t Open it! Possession and other Eastern European Nightmares.
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