End Of The Week Shorts #21 extract: Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979)
As the title alone suggests, this is an amalgamation of Dreyer's Vampyr and Murnau's Nosferatu. We see this, too, reflected in the plot and aesthetic of this movie with Herzog blending Murnau's expressionism and Dreyer's sense of surrealism into his own dark, silently profound and realist style.
Never before, or since, has Dracula been captured in as horrifying manner as what Kinski and the make-up artists bring to screen in this picture. And never have I known for a Dracula adaptation to have such a thick and atmospheric story, one seemingly about superstition (or faith), isolation, fear and loss. Utterly captivating, Herzog's Nosferatu is an astounding piece of cinema and one of the most mature and sinister vampire films I've ever come across.