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Nosferatu the Vampyre, 1979.
Written and Directed by Werner Herzog.
After taking over a small German village, Count Dracula attempts to spread his influence and activities to the rest of the world. All that prevents Dracula from continuing his demonic practices is the self-sacrifice of Lucy Harker.
Remaking an established, classic, staple of German expressionist cinema in 1979 must’ve been a tough sell. Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre, primarily a re-telling of F.W. Murnau’s silent masterpiece, is also a deeply eerie, unsettling and haunting film in its own right. Herzog is not averse to remakes, as he has proven recently with Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Unlike Bad Lieutenant, Herzog chose Nosferatu so he could play with Murnau’s story and expand upon minor-moments in his own unique manner. Combining elements from Browning’s »
- Gary Collinson
Feature James Clayton 29 Nov 2013 - 06:14
As Disney's Saving Mr Banks arrives in UK cinemas, James explains why calculatedly sentimental films aren't necessarily a bad thing...
Saving Mr. Banks is a film about the making of the 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins. Chiefly, it's about the clash between the exceptionally difficult P.L. Travers (author of the original Mary Poppins books) and Walt Disney and his House of Mouse colleagues. It's a fascinating and wonderful film, and it's fascinating and wonderful for many reasons.
John Lee Hancock's biopic has a lot going for it - excellent acting performances, a witty script and superb production design are just a few commendable features that immediately jump out as I reflect on the film. Repeat viewings will undoubtedly bring its various rich nuances to the fore and, as a multi-faceted wide-appeal movie with several layers, it's likely to touch different viewers in different ways. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
No, German Angst is not a Uwe Boll biopic, although that would seem pretty damned appropriate. What we have here, kids, is a new anthology film featuring the works of Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Der Todesking), Andreas Marchall (Tears of Kali, Masks), and Michael Kosakowoski (Zero Killed).
In 1920 Germany became the most influential production location for fantastic films. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Hands of Orlac, Paul Wegener’s The Golem earned the German cinema the label The Demonic Screen (Lotte H. Eisner). German filmmakers told stories of the underworld beneath urban life, about the invasion of the subconscious. The frontiers between reality and dreams blurred and the fear of dark eros emerged. These masterpieces of German Expressionist cinema are the ancestors of the contemporary fantastic genre. Their influence is still felt in almost every modern film. With the Nazi dictatorship »
- Uncle Creepy
Having wowed audiences as part of the British Film Institute's Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film season, the latest expert restoration of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu comes to DVD, Blu-ray and steelbook this coming Monday (18 November). To celebrate the return of a German Weimar masterpiece, we've kindly been offered Three dual format steelbook copies of the film to give away to our devoted legion of cinephiles, thanks to Eureka's Masters of Cinema label. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
★★★★★ The flagship work of the BFI's Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film season, F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic Nosferatu is restored and rereleased this week thanks to Eureka's Masters of Cinema label. One of silent cinema's most celebrated offerings, A Symphony of Horror remains an eerily expressionist nightmare of cultural anxiety in post-First World War Germany. A loose adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Nosferatu begins with estate agent Knock (Alexander Granach) dispatching his associate Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) on an assignment to "the land of thieves and spectres".
- CineVue UK
For a great many aspiring cinephiles, F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror served as their entry point into both Silent Cinema and also German Expressionism. Perhaps because of the film's subject matter, rooted firmly in the horror genre, Murnau's thinly veiled adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula is perceived as more appealing and approachable than other films in the movement. Certainly much of the film's imagery is now synonymous with German Expressionism many decades later, while the fearsome appearance of its central antagonist, Count Orlok, has become an icon of cinematic horror. In truth, however, Nosferatu was made very much on the fringes of the German Film Industry, on a shoestring budget funded by renowned occultists.On its release, Nosferatu was not a commercial success...
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This was a rather well-rounded week of movie watching for me as I covered several moments in cinema's history with four films. The first was this weekend's new release, The Best Man Holiday (read my review here), but then I jumped back in time with Kino's latest Blu-ray release of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu on Blu-ray, which I will be posting a review for later this week. Then, I switched over to TCM and watched John Sturgess' take on the Wyatt Earp story in 1957's Gunfight at the O.K. Corral starring Burt Lancaster as Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday. Having grown up first seeing this story told in 1993's Tombstone, I'm not sure any version of the story will ever appeal to me as much as that one does as I loved Val Kilmer's Holliday, but also love Kurt Russell as Earp and Powers Boothe as Curly Bill, »
- Brad Brevet
Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? In Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," the young Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) goes on a journey to discover his origin and to better understand his super-human powers. However, when the Kryptonian military leader, General Zod (Michael Shannon), threatens the fate of earth, Clark must face his past to save his planet.
Why We're In: "Man of Steel" is full of spectacular action sequences that will quench any superhero junkie or comic book fiend's appetite. However, Snyder's film was ranked as one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far) primarily because it successfully rebooted the Superman story after previous failed attempts. It may be your typical Blockbuster fare, but it's undoubtedly a thrilling ride.
Watch: A special feature from the "Man of Steel" Blu-ray (Video)
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
- Erin Whitney
Before we get to this week's new releases, it's that time of year again and Barnes & Noble is offering tons of Criterion titles for 50% off! I have included a few suggested titles below and in some cases including links to my reviews. The best deal out there right now is for the 25-film Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman DVD/Blu-ray collection, which has a retail price of $224.99, but is on sale right now for $112.49, which is $87 cheaper than Amazon is selling it for right now. If this is at all of interest to you, click through and get a look at this set and I think you'll begin drooling. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Samurai Trilogy (read my review) America Lost and Found: The Bbs Story Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy (read my review) John Cassavetes - Five Films (Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie »
- Brad Brevet
Without a doubt, when I was looking through the schedule for the first day of Stan Lee’S Comikaze, “Vampires In Pop Culture And Myth” stood out as the must-see. This was due not only to my love of monsters, but also to a star-studded panel moderated by Buffy and Angel star Juliet Landau (Drusilla!), who was joined by the masterminds of Grimm, writers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf (who also worked on Buffy and Angel), Mariana Klaveno of True Blood fame (Lorena to you), musician David J (from the bands Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Gavin Hignight of FEARnet, and Georges Jeanty, the artist for Buffy Season 8, 9, and for the upcoming Firefly series.
The panel came together, in part, due to a feature length documentary in the works from Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes, a project that will explore many of the themes and topics discussed in the panel. I »
- Andy Greene
Directed by Alan Taylor
Sometimes, it’s the small moments in which you find joy. So it goes with Thor: The Dark World, a movie that frequently botches the big-picture details but balances out the messiness on the whole with minute gags, throwaway lines, and offhand glances that are laid-back and assured. The returning cast members have enough built-in chemistry, and the script has enough moments of genuine wit and cleverness, that Thor: The Dark World doesn’t sink despite being weighed down with an enormously, unnecessarily convoluted story.
Boiling it down to the most basic terms, our man Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has to stop an evil being and his nasty friends from controlling the Nine Realms by way of a powerful red fluid that might as well be literally called the MacGuffin. The ways in »
- Josh Spiegel
★★★★☆The second Nosferatu rerelease in as many weeks (F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic rose from its eternal slumber once again last Friday), cult German director Werner Herzog's own unique interpretation of the Dracula legend, Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), is an altogether different beast. With the ghoulish form of Herzog's "best fiend" Klaus Kinski picking up the vamp reigns from the iconic Max Schreck, Herzog's 'new expressionist' rendition of Bram Stoker's monumental gothic undertaking focuses more on the creature's unquenchable thirst for mortal love than human blood - though the two are of course intertwined.
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- CineVue UK
Featured as part of the BFI’s current season, Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, Werner Herzog’s 1979 classic creeps back onto British screens this week, saving audiences from the horror of a Halloween that has come to mean nothing more than the 50p witches hats sold in Tesco’s by the baby food section.
Nosferatu the Vampyre, a tribute to F.W Murnau’s 1922 silent film Nosferatu: Symphony of Terror, and to German Expressionist cinema itself, retells Bram Stoker’s immortal Dracula story once more. Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) is an estate agent who lives with his beautiful wife Lucy (Isabelle Adjani) in the quaint German town of Wismar. Sent by his boss to Transylvania to make a business deal with a certain Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski), surely an unreasonable request, even for an estate agent, Harker embarks on his long and arduous journey, much to the dismay of his young wife, »
- Georgia Fleury Reynolds
Define Gothic and Dracula immediately comes to mind. The high-arches and cobwebs, the creatures that scurry across the floor and the long drapes that falls from the ceilings – blood on the tips of fangs and white-skin like moonlight in the night. Kim Newman goes as far to state that 1931’s Dracula this “was the true beginning of the horror film as a distinct genre and the vampire movie as its most popular sub-genre”. Indeed, only in this month’s Empire magazine, they have noted how 31 actors have portrayed the fanged-villain – and Bela Lugosi’s unforgettable performance surely remains the most defining portrayal. The double bill of Dracula and The Mummy may initially appear to be connected by their supernatural content alone, but the Universal Horror films are joined by their »
- Gary Collinson
Horror films have long been a mainstay on the independent film scene. Considering the relatively inexpensive production costs and devoted fan-base that promises returns for financiers, countless filmmakers have taken the plunge and painted the screen red with blood. Many of these filmmakers, with their unique visions of the low-budget horror troupes, end up altering the genre itself and changing the direction of cinema. Below, just in time for Halloween, are 10 horrors that changed the game. (This is by no means a comprehensive list of every horror film that has made a dent on indie cinema. Please include your own picks in the comment section below.) Click on film title for more info. "Nosferatu" (1922) Despite a few tactful changes to naming the undead, "Nosferatu" was deemed the unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and was doomed to be destroyed. However, a print of the film emerged and was duplicated, »
- James Hiler
Beyond Fest is one of the newest film, music, and horror festivals in Los Angeles, but it’s already one of the best, with a diverse roster of classics and new releases (both U.S. and foreign films), all topped by a special 3-day appearance by Goblin, the band that helped make Suspiria and Dario Argento’s finest movies terrifying. On Halloween, Beyond Fest wraps up with a special Halloween screening of Nosferatu, the famous silent film from 1922 starring Max Schreck. Prepare to get excited, Californians!
Thanks to the folks at American Cinematheque and Amity who are running Beyond Fest, we’ve been able to secure 5 pairs of tickets to the event, happening at the iconic Aero Theatre in downtown Santa Monica. The screening takes place on Halloween night, this Thursday, October 31st, at 7:30 Pm. In case that doesn’t appeal to you enough, the classic silent film that »
- Andy Greene
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You've never had it so horrific. By some unholy alignment of the spheres and schedules, Halloween film events burst out across the nation this week like ravenous maggots from a rotting corpse. This year, as an added gruesome treat, the usual seasonal events are made a little bit darker by the looming shadow of the BFI's ongoing Gothic season, which hosts several horror screenings and special events across the country.
Elsewhere there are some brilliant, atmospheric and alternative locations on offer for horror fans to be scared in, and one of the gloomiest settings in the land must surely be the ruined Kirkstall Abbey, on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, a genuinely gothic (and genuinely chilling; you'll need to bring a warm jacket »
- Steve Rose
The Selfish Giant (15)
In the tradition of Kes, or Fish Tank, this offers a child's-eye view of poverty that's too strong for real-life kids of the same age. Despite the fairytale origins, miracles are in short supply in this Bradford suburb, where two drop-out mates scavenge for opportunities. But the balance between harsh realism and mythical lyricism is beautifully struck, and the two leads really are miraculous.
Old-suited Knoxville and his "grandson" take to the road for Borat-style pranks.
Food/fauna surrealism part »
- Steve Rose
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