12 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN!
The scariest thing about the original is just the look of Max Schreck's Nosferatu. You may say his exaggerated features make him look too non-human. But I think Schreck's look is the best thing about the original. Klaus Kinski's Nosferatu in this remake is still scary looking, but his appearance is toned down considerably. His eyebrows are less out of control, his ears less exaggeratedly pointy, but he is still a scary looking vampire. His at least reasonable proximity to a man does give him room to seem closer to the human species than the original. But not by much.
Additional casting notes: I recall on the commentary track for the movie Fitzcarroldo, how director Werner Herzog talked about how difficult Klaus Kinski was to work with. It should tell you about how good Kinski was that Herzog would keep using him in film after film. He is a marvelous and intense Nosferatu and is great to watch on screen. Extra hazard points to director Herzog for being able to rein in this difficult thespian here and elsewhere.
The movie also benefits from two strong actors in the roles of Jonathan and Lucy Harker: Bruno Ganz (later my all-time favorite Hitler in Downfall) and Isabelle Adjani (two-time Academy Award nominee.)
I haven't seen this yet, but it is supposed to be highly interesting:ReplyDelete
That looks interesting, Nicolas. I'll have to check it out. I still haven't got to Aguirre, the Wrath of God yet. I'm looking forward to that one.ReplyDelete
I saw this movie when I was twelve or less. What got me when I first saw the vampire, I thought he was a funny looking dracula 😁 any way it was a silent movie! It was 1977 or 78 when I first it. But after watching the whole movie I was looking for was how close and what was different between all the different dracula's starting with Bela Lagusi, Jack Parlance, christopher Lee, and the very latest Gary what ever his last name is, which I thought was the best dracula ever. Other than that this remake of nos4ra2👏👏👏ReplyDelete