Synopsis: Dracula with liberties taken (I wrote that myself).
Real Synopsis from Scream Factory:
It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman. His wife, Lucy begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger.
Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula. The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn't know is the magnitude of danger he, his wife and his town are about to experience
Onto the movie...
Actual Page Grab from An Album of Modern Horror
The liberties that Herzog takes with the Dracula story are actually enjoyable, keeping the story fresh and adding a distinctly German spin on a rendition of the German adaptation of Stoker's work. That Herzog includes plague, maintains the great switcheroo between Mina Harker and Lucy as well as sets the whole thing in Transylvania and Germany means you may not actually know how the whole thing is going to workout. What part does Van Helsing even play in the Herzog tale as opposed to the Murnau tale and in contrast to the Stoker version? It's nice to know that after all these years of watching vampire movies you might not actually know how this one works out from the get go.
The images in An Album of Modern Horror still give me nightmares, and while viewing Nosferatu this go around I placed the image from the book over top of the still frame on the screen remembering what it was like to see Kinski. Bald. Stark White. With Rat Fangs. The Scream Factory release of Nosferatu will impress the Herzog fans; they're hard ones to please from my experience. It is a beautifully preserved and transferred version of this classic adaptation of one of the most important films in German history. Herzog's vision is unique and more contemporary, but it doesn't loose its sense of importance to the horror genre.
Nosferatu releases May 20th. Order your copy now.