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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (original title)
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Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writer:

Werner Herzog (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Count Dracula
Isabelle Adjani ... Lucy Harker
Bruno Ganz ... Jonathan Harker
Roland Topor ... Renfield
Walter Ladengast Walter Ladengast ... Dr. Van Helsing
Dan van Husen ... Warden
Jan Groth ... Harbormaster
Carsten Bodinus Carsten Bodinus ... Schrader
Martje Grohmann Martje Grohmann ... Mina
Rijk de Gooyer Rijk de Gooyer ... Town official (as Ryk de Gooyer)
Clemens Scheitz Clemens Scheitz ... Clerk
Lo van Hensbergen Lo van Hensbergen ... Harbormaster's Assistent
John Leddy John Leddy ... Coachman
Margiet van Hartingsveld Margiet van Hartingsveld ... Vrouw
Tim Beekman Tim Beekman ... Coffinbearer
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Storyline

Jonathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Wismar where Jonathan lives. But Count Dracula is a vampire, an undead ghoul living off of men's blood. Inspired by a photograph of Lucy Harker, Jonathan's wife, Dracula moves to Wismar, bringing with him death and plague... An unusually contemplative version of Dracula, in which the vampire bears the curse of not being able to get old and die. Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

German | English | Romany

Release Date:

17 January 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nosferatu the Vampyre See more »

Filming Locations:

Tatra Mountains, Slovakia See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,190,818
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally Werner Herzog intended to film the Transylvanian scenes in Transylvania and even scouted and decided upon locations, but the Romanian government under the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu would not allow a the production of a film that associated Vlad II. Dracul - the namesake of the Bram Stoker's vampire - with anything but a heroic national hero. See more »

Goofs

As Lucy Harker walks into the town square, she passes a 1970s single strut town bench concreted into the cobbles, and double yellow lines (no parking). When Lucy Harker shuts the front door of her house, there is a yale lock on it. See more »

Quotes

Count Dracula: Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death.
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Alternate Versions

Two versions of the film were shot back-to-back, one in German, the other in English. See more »


Soundtracks

Vocal Ensemble Gordela: 'Zinzkaro'
Georgian folk music (uncredited)
Performed by Vocal Ansambl Gordela (uncredited)
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Beautiful
2 January 2006 | by BonsterTSee all my reviews

Herzog deserves hats off, any academy award for best director. A film so beautiful should be more well known. The atmosphere is stuck with you from the beginning with the chants and the screams. The characters fit the film perfectly, besides the librarian guy. The colors were great, the shots were planned out great. The simplicity of a shadow was made so mesmerizing. I felt chills all around my body after watching this film. It had a touch with all those shadows and the shot with the vampires hand going down. Not only the best vampire movie EVER but a fantastic film, period. All I can say is Herzog did a wonderful job with this one.


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