After a somewhat mixed response to the first film in Filmspotting's six week Herzog/Kinski Marathon, 1972's "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" -- considered by many to be Herzog and Kinski's collaborative masterpiece -- Adam and Sam worried that they might be setting themselves up for disappointment. The second film in the series, 1979's "Nosferatu the Vampyre," quickly cured them of those fears. A remake of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 horror film, Herzog's film is as much an homage to Murnau's silent film as it is an update. Kinski stars as the strangely sympathetic vampire, with Isabelle Adjani as the heroine Lucy Harker and Bruno Ganz as her doomed husband. Striking a nice balance between his narrative and documentarian instincts, Herzog takes a streamlined, philosophical approach to Bram Stoker's familiar tale -- maybe not the first Dracula movie you'd recommend to someone new to the story, but a fascinating interpretation. Bonus points to Herzog for making such a creepy film so resolutely absent of gore and unnecessary special effects.
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