Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Directed by Werner Herzog

Jonathan Harker, a real estate agent, goes to Transylvania to visit the mysterious Count Dracula and formalize the purchase of a property in Wismar. Once Jonathan is caught under his evil spell, Dracula travels to Wismar where he meets the beautiful Lucy, Jonathan's wife, while a plague spreads through the town, now ruled by death.

My heart simply wasn't into Herzog's particular kind of weirdness when watching this, alas.


Nosferatu the Vampyre [is] a careful reworking of and elaborate homage to F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film, and also a good indication that weirdness in the movies arrives and vanishes as it is needed or not, like the attention of the court in Kafka’s The Trial: ‘it receives you when you come and it dismisses you when you leave.’ But why do we come?

Michael Wood (London Review of Books)