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Release Date:
1 September 1995 (USA) See more »
Unseen. Unforgiving. Undead. See more »
This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional... See more » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Elina Löwensohn ... Nadja
Nic Ratner ... Bar Victim

Karl Geary ... Renfield

Peter Fonda ... Dracula / Dr. Van Helsing

Martin Donovan ... Jim

Jack Lotz ... Boxing Coach
Galaxy Craze ... Lucy

David Lynch ... Morgue Receptionist
Isabel Gillies ... Waitress

José Zúñiga ... Bartender
Bernadette Jurkowski ... Dracula's Bride
Jeff Winner ... Young Dracula
Sean ... Bela

Suzy Amis ... Cassandra

Jared Harris ... Edgar

Bob Gosse ... Garage Mechanic
Rome Neal ... Garage Mechanic
Giancarlo Roma ... Romanian Kid
Anna Roma ... Romanian Mother
Thomas Roma ... Romanian Policeman
Aleksander Rasic ... Romanian Policeman
Miranda Russell ... Lucy's Baby

Directed by
Michael Almereyda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Almereyda 

Produced by
Andrew Fierberg .... associate producer
Amy Hobby .... producer
David Lynch .... executive producer
Mary Sweeney .... producer
Original Music by
Simon Fisher-Turner 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
David Leonard 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Kurt Ossenfort 
Costume Design by
Prudence Moriarty 
Makeup Department
Dina Doll .... hair stylist
Dina Doll .... makeup artist
John Sahag .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ingrid Breyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Bhalla .... additional second second assistant director
Alex Corven Caronia .... first assistant director
Adam Ben Frank .... second second assistant director
Takahide Kawakami .... second second assistant director
Brent Tinter .... additional second second director
Art Department
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Jamie Bishop .... on-set props
Christopher Dettwiller .... on-set props
Billy Jarecki .... additional set dresser
Ondine Karady .... props
Joan Lucke Jr. .... head set dresser
John Nelson .... head scenic
Carol O'Neil .... props
Philippe Richard .... lucy's paintings
George Roach .... swing
Michael Sadov .... swing
Peter Soriano .... jim's paintings
Marla Weinhoff .... additional set dresser
Sound Department
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Gary Hokanson .... boom operator
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
William Kozy .... sound mixer
Stuart Levy .... sound
Art Polemis .... sound recording engineer
Melanie Ryder .... dialogue editor
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Arthur M. Jolly .... special effects
Josh Turi .... special effects props
Visual Effects by
William Lappe .... castle miniature
Anthony Munroe .... optical supervisor
Arthur M. Jolly .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
David T. Anderson .... gaffer
Lenny Bass .... additional electrician
Axel Baumann .... second assistant camera
Kelly Beaton .... additional electrician
Sally Bonython .... second assistant camera
Steve Calalang .... first assistant camera
Anthony Caronia .... still photographer
Tim Davis .... still photographer
Ned Farr .... additional electrician
Rob Featherstone .... second assistant camera
Jason C. Fitzgerald .... additional electrician
Vadim Frumin .... best boy
Ian Nichol .... Steadicam operator
Kate Phelan .... best boy grip
Joseph Quirk .... additional electrician
Dave Samuel .... additional electrician
Susan Shacter .... still photographer
Ed Talavera .... camera operator: second unit
Richard Wuest .... key grip (as Dexter Weust)
Raphaelle Gosse-Gardet .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Laura Ekstrand .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Libby Villanova .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Yasmine Amitai .... first assistant editor
Beatrice Sisul .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Royston Langdon .... music recording engineer
Rick Rowe .... music recording engineers
Thomas Ulrich .... musician: cello solos
Other crew
Gilbert Carreras .... b&w timer
Jody Hanson .... title designer
Carolina Adriana Herrera .... location scout (as Carolina Herrera)
Lee Petersen .... production assistant
Dina Waxman .... location scout
Dina Waxman .... script supervisor
Jeff Winner .... location manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
Rated R for some scenes of bizarre vampire sexuality and gore, and for some language
93 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Germany:16 | Portugal:M/16 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Chocolate milk was used to simulate blood.See more »
Continuity: In the opening dialog between Nadja and the man at the bar, Nadja is initially wearing a scarf over her hair. At one point the camera cuts to the man's face and we see the back of Nadja's head, but now suddenly and inexplicably, the scarf has disappeared and remains absent for the rest of the scene.See more »
Dr. Van Helsing:Face it, Jim. She's a zombie.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The most misunderstood Vampire film ever made, 14 October 2006
Author: dstilley-1 from Santa Cruz, California

I've just read all of the reviews on this film on this site and nobody even mentions what this film is really about. Like any "good" horror story it works on different levels. Like the Zombie films of George Romero there's an underlying message to this film that has nothing to do with it's horror exterior. But you have to think about what Michael Almereyda is trying to say with this story. This isn't just true of this film, but of all good horror. Dr. Jeckyle and Mr.Hyde-Addiction to substances, Frankenstein-Man playing at being God, Dracula-Hate poisoning the mind and soul. The main theme of this film is wanting to change your life but not being able to escape your old habits and break loose. It's even mentioned outright several times during the film by different characters. There's a lot of philosophical discussions by different characters on this through the film.

This film has black humor, meaning of life philosophy, camera work that serves a purpose to enhance the story and heart felt dramatic performances by all of the actors and actresses.

One of the things that I really like about this film, (and one of the things that many people didn't understand or like) was the use of the toy camera pixel-vision effect. I found it to be a perfect way of economically expressing the intoxicating effect of being under the influence of a vampire. If you watch the film and think about the scenes where it's employed it will be obvious. It isn't just a random attempt to be arty as many of the reviewers seem to think. It's a visual depiction of the impaired state of mind that you might experience if a vampire was psychically manipulating a mortal. And it enhances the film it doesn't detract from it. Whether you like it or not, film-making is an art. Just like painting, drawing, writing or any other form of expression. Some filmmakers just don't have any sense of art, they only wish to mindlessly entertain. That's why people say things like TV rots your mind. Well, I guess that if you watch anything in a mindless manor that could be true. But film that has something to say, something to think about is a worthwhile use of time and intellect.

I have a fairly large collection of "horror" films and "Art House" and I can tell you that Nadja is one of my all time favorites. Every time I watch it I see something new, get a different little joke or notice different connections that I didn't get before. I also enjoy many of the "Mindless entertainment" variety of Vampire films,and so a quote from the writer David Goyer who wrote the screenplays for Blade, "Sometimes you just want to see somebody kick some ass!".

Most people don't realize how huge the genre of Vampire Cinema really is. Dracula is the definitely the most filmed character in film history, and the greater tree of Vampire films in world cinema is so big that it almost impossible to accurately list. Of the Art House and Vintage, comedy and Vampire Hunter categories I would recommend checking out some of my favorites. Many Vampire films are a hybrid of two or more of these categories,but they all have different points that I find attractive,humorous, exciting, entertaining and thought provoking. Again, I haven't seen but a small selection of the huge list of Vampire cinema, so it's likely that I'll be leaving out many excellent selections and maybe some of your favorites in this list. I'm giving this list because the film Nadja could very well be enjoyed if you like some of the films that I like and have been entertained by.

Art House and Vintage: Nosferatu 1922 (The original granddaddy Vampire film from the silent era. The Kino Version is worth paying for with an excellent soundtrack option featuring musicians from Art Zoid), Nosferatu the Vampyre (Werner Herzog), Shadow of the Vampire (a fun comedy-fictional story based around the making of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu-1922), Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer's atmospheric masterpiece, even though part's of the film were created by accident!),Dracula (1931), The Hammer Dracula series (feartuing the great Christopher Lee), Dracula-Pages from a Virgin's diary (a modern silent film of a Canadian Ballet company filmed by Guy Madden), Blood for Dracula (also known as Andy Worhol's Dracula), Immortality, Ganja and Hess, Habit, Near Dark, Salem's Lot (Based on the novel by Stephan King-the original mini-series, I haven't seen the newer remake) Bram Stoker's Dracula (The love it or hate it classic by F. Coppola).

Some of my favorites from the Vampire Hunter sub-genre: The Blade Series (Again one of those "Love it or hate it" series for some.), John Carpenter's Vampires (This one is hard to classify, lots of comedy too.), The Captain Kronos-Vampire Hunter films by Hammer studios, The Forsaken, and the British TV series "Ultraviolet" (an X-Files type mini-series). Also worth mention is the Japanese-Anime films Vampire Hunter D-Bloodlust (You'll forget that you're watching a cartoon, the story's that good!), and Blood-The last Vampire (A short but well done film).

Some of the comedy genre: Innocent Blood, Modern Vampires, The Breed, Dusk to Dawn (I've only seen the first one, a hybrid of Tarantino's crime style and Robert Rodriguez's horror style), Vampire's Kiss, and Interview with the Vampire (I find this Ann Rice film quite comedic), and Lost Boys (A local favorite being that I live in Santa Cruz).

Nadja is one of the jewels of my collection because it is truly a multi-faceted piece of film-making that defies categorization.

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