Second Run Review: Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979): Rubbish

Someone once took me to task for mocking Werner Herzog’s  Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), but I stand by what I said.  It’s overrated crap.  Not even the usual incandescence of Kinski can improve this garbage.

One particularly ridiculous scene remains welded to my brain.  The vampire carrying a coffin.  A great, big and, very obviously, cheap foam-rubber affair from the Ed Wood school of prop design.

Utter nonsense, lacks even a modicum of suspense, let alone horror.  All-in-all, a sad, pointless remake of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic Nosteratu.  The later Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is much better.  It just goes to show that even towering geniuses like Herzog can have an off-day.

Spared from the ignominy of a rating of zero chainsaws, by the mere presence of the divine Isabelle Adjani.

One chainsaw.

No apologies.

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