(1922, F.W. Murnau & 1979, Werner Herzog)
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens
Nosferatu, Phantom der Nacht
Nosferatu is possibly one of the most famous silent movies ever made, and a massive influence on horror films for years to come. Essentially a name-swapped unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu is one of the earliest vampire movies and certainly the most influential. But how many people are aware that it received a remake in 1979 by the equally German director Werner Herzog? Well, today we’re going to look at both and see how well they hold up.
Both films follow the story of Dracula to a tee, with a man named
Jonathan Harker Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangeheim/Bruno Gans) receiving word that a man from Translyvania wishes to buy a property in their small town. He ventures to Transylvania, where he is met with fear from the villagers when he says he wishes to visit the mansion. At the mansion, he meets Count Dracula Orlok (Max Shreck/Klaus Kinsi), a strange-looking man who sleeps during the day and lives by night. However, once the deal is done, a reign of terror falls on our hero’s peaceful town when the curse of the vampire takes over.
Basically, exactly what you’d expect from a vampire movie that doesn’t involve teenagers and sparkling. Both are pretty standard stories and don’t really hold many surprises today. But they are mildly entertaining.
(2006, Neil LaBute)
“How’d it get burned? HOW’D IT GET BURNED?!”
Sometime in the 70s, some guy in Britain made some movie called The Wicker Man. It was alright, nothing special. It had Saruman as the bad guy and it was all about pagans. But loads of people in it had Scottish accents, and nobody’s got time for that nonsense. So, it got remade in 2006, shifted to America and now features Nicolas Cage in the lead role. And let me tell you, it’s a true masterpiece of cinema.