Nosferatu the Vampyre

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: 20th Century Fox
  5 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Lucy, calm down.

Lucy, calm down.

I... I see something horrible happening.

You're just having another nightmare.

I'm scared.

Relax... It's only a bad dream.

Jonathan. You're working too hard.

It's not good for you.

I'm worried about you.

Good morning.

Ah, Harker, please come up here.

Yes, Mr. Renfield.

I have a very important job for you.

And I don't trust anyone else

to do it, but you.

You're very kind, Mr. Renfield.

Count Dracula...

...he sent me a letter from Transylvania.

He wants to buy a house around here.

I'm aware that it's a long trip to

go there.

Where is that?

Somewhere over the

Carpathian mountains, isn't it?


...and there will be a large commission.

Oh, then I could get

a larger house for Lucy.

She deserves a nicer house.

Well, this won't be easy.

It'll take you a long time...'ll sweat a lot...

...and perhaps you'll also...

...spill some blood.

It'll be good for me

to get out of the city...

...get away from these canals...

...which go nowhere.


...there it is, beyond the forest.

It's a wonderful place.

A little gloomy, maybe, but very exciting.

The Count is looking

for a beautiful old house.

I'm going to show him the big house,

near your place.

But it's been abandoned for years.

It looks like a haunted house.

I'm sure he'll feel

very comfortable there.

Anyway, we'll offer it to him.

I'd like you to leave soon.

Soon? You mean, today?

Absolutely. I even prepared the papers.

It's bad business to let him wait.

Very well.

If you insist, I shall leave today.

Today? Are you serious?

Yes, to a castle in Transylvania.

I hear it's a strange place infested with

wolves and people who see ghosts.

Jonathan, it scares me...

I don't want you to go.

I'll be fine.

You'll be in danger.

Don't go.

Wolves. Bandits. And ghosts.

Don't go. I won't allow it.

Let's go to the ocean, now.

To the place where we fell in love.


...I don't know.

Sometimes I feel so ignorant.

Jonathan, I really have to say this...

...even if you think it comes from...

...the weak heart of a woman...

...your wife.


It really comes from the strength

of my heart.

I feel a kind of...

...dark force... a nameless deadly fear.

Lucy is the dearest thing in the world

to me...

...take care of her.

Mina, treat her as a sister.


Innkeeper! Quick, my supper. I must go

to the castle of Count Dracula tonight.

Are you really going there?

Yes. Why?

It's not a safe place.

Why do you want to go there?

At midnight evil spirits come out.

And people disappear without a trace.

Oh, come on, that's all superstition.

Not at all.

Bad things will happen to you if you

go there.

Besides, no coachman will dare

take you there...

...your horse needs a rest

for several days.

I'll find another horse.

Don't go, sir.

I know a few gypsies...

...who have been on the other side...

...and they can tell you.

He also says you shouldn't go there,

young man.

He says there's a great chasm on the

way that swallows the unwary.

If that doesn't get you,

he says the towering crags will.

And in the Borgo pass...

...the light suddenly divides and...

...the land begins to rise

towards the heavens...

...and then it drops. No one has ever

returned from that place.

The gypsies say that

no such castle exists there...

...except maybe in the imagination

of man.

There used to be a castle there. But

now it is a ghost castle. It's only a ruin.

And whoever enters into that land of

phantoms is lost...

...and never returns.

Of vampires and bloodsuckers.

Of corpses which devour their own flesh.

Of incubuses and succubuses.

Of the living dead who follow strangers

in the night...

...and attack them.


Transylvania... Nosferatu,

beyond death...

...a curse that will last till the end of time.

The curse of Nosferatu.

Coachman, could you take me to

the Borgo pass?

I'll pay you well.

There is no road to the Borgo pass.

But it's right there.

I need your coach.

I haven't got a coach.

Then I'll take one of your horses.

I'll double the price.

Sorry, sir, but I don't have any

horses. Don't you see?


I guess I'll have to walk there.

Count Dracula?!

I am Count Dracula.

Welcome to my castle.

You must be Jonathan Harker.


Come in.

The night is cold and you must be

tired and hungry.

I've got the papers here.

This is the layout of the house...

...which I'm sure you'd like to see.

Yes, yes.

Please, help yourself.

Please, I'm afraid

you must dine alone.

It's nearly midnight and I

partake of nothing at this hour.

Unfortunately, the servants

are not at our disposal.

So allow me to see

to your comfort.



The Children of the Night

make their music.

Ah, young man...'re like the villagers who cannot

place themselves in the soul of the hunter.

The knife is old and could be dirty.

It could give you blood poisoning.

Please let me do it. It's the oldest

remedy in the world.

Oh, forget it. It's hardly worth

mentioning. Just a little cut.

You... you know...'s only for the best.

Let's sit down for a while.

It's still many hours till dawn.

And during the daytime

I am always away.

Lucy, my love...

...there is no postal service

from here...

...but I shall write a diary, preserving all

my thoughts and feelings for you.

Last night after a tiresome journey,

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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