I’m going to start by saying if you haven’t seen the 1922 Nosferatu directed by F. W. Murnau, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice by not going and watching it ASAP. It’s wonderful and creepy, haunting with all kinds of vampire-y vibes. Plus it’s one of the more famous and influential horror films to be made, so if you’re a cinephile you’re going to appreciate it no matter what.
This treasure here, Nosferatu the Vampyre, is a sort of different take/remake of the original by the incredible, laudable Werner Herzog. Herzog is one of my favorite directors of all time. Every single piece of his films are with purpose and the characteristically quiet moments, where even the sound of footsteps across a marbled floor, elicit feelings within the viewer such as anxiety, dread or foreboding.
So, for my second Halloween-centric Film Friday, I’m urging you to give this fully stunning and fully grotesque piece a watch.
A fun little tidbit: the leading actress, Isabelle Adjani, is the very same actress playing the femme fatale in Possession. So, basically you can’t go wrong!