Shortly after the premiere of the extraordinary ‘The Witch’ (2015), we began to hear rumors about the involvement of its director, Robert Eggers, in a remake of the classic ‘Nosferatu’ (1922), the gem with which FW Murnau unofficially adapted Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ (1897) and which became one of the 100 best horror films in cinema history.
Despite the lawsuits and the burning of copies, ‘Nosferatu’ has crossed oceans of time to find us. Available on Filmin, this marvel of German expressionism has been obsessing filmmakers of all kinds for a hundred years. Werner Herzog himself made the remake ‘Nosferatu, Vampire of the Night’ in 1979 (available on Filmin and Prime Video) in which Klaus Kinski sheathed his sharp incisors to repeat the experience in the less interesting ‘Nosferatu, prince of darkness (Nosferatu in Venice)’ (Augusto Caminito, Mario Caiano, 1988).
The story of the original filming of the film was the plot of the wonderful ‘The Shadow of the Vampire’ (E. Elias Merhige, 2000)in which John Malkovich played a dedicated Murnau who had found a real vampire in Max Schreck (played by Willem Dafoe).
Now, Robert Eggers will try to revive the story with a new version. We leave behind the most anticipated horror films of 2023 and review everything we know about the new ‘Nosferatu’.
‘Nosferatu’: Estimated release date
Although there is no official release date announced, it is assumed that ‘Nosferatu’ will hit theaters throughout 2024, possibly in autumn. Will it become one of the 50 best recent horror movies to scare you?
Taking into account that this is a remake of ‘Nosferatu’ (FW Murnau, 1922), which in turn adapted Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ (1897) in that way, we can expect to see again the story of how a young real estate agent arrives in Transylvania at the beginning of the 19th century to carry out transactions with the dark Count Orlok, who soon worries the boy.
This is, for now, the official synopsis of the new ‘Nosferatu’:
“Set in the 19th century, this gothic story of obsession, love, seduction and fear follows a young man named Thomas Hutter who is sent by his boss to the castle of Count Orlok (aka Dracula).”
Robert Eggers signs the script and directs the film, a guarantee after having been responsible for ‘The Witch’ (2015), ‘The Lighthouse’ (2019) and ‘The Northman’ (2022).
It also has Jarin Blaschke again in the direction of photography and Robin Carolan in charge of the soundtrack. Focus Features will distribute the film.
Nicholas Hoult (‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’) plays Thomas Hutter, the protagonist who must deal with Count Orlok, played by Bill Skarsgård (‘It’, ‘Deadpool 2’ ‘). Lily-Rose Depp (‘Tusk’, ‘The King’) will play Ellen Hutter, the young woman who awaits the return of her lover from distant lands.
The cast also includes the participation of Willem Dafoe (‘Spider-Man’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’), Emma Corrin (‘The Crown’), Ralph Ineson (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Chernobyl’) and Simon McBurney (‘The Theory of Everything’).
“Yes, it’s a scary movie. It’s a horror movie“, says the director to Empire in an interview that includes the first image of the film, a snapshot in which Ellen (Lily-Rose Depp) is stalked by the shadow of a terrifying hand.
Ricardo Rosado is a film critic, cultural journalist, expert in North American comedy, horror films of any kind and everything that happens between genres and formats. Raised on Steven Spielberg films, and spoiled since he encountered David Lynch, he has been writing for a decade about the art he consumes.
In FOTOGRAMAS you will read him commenting on the latest theatrical releases, promoting peace between Marvel and DC fans, reviewing all the Star Wars news or diving into the depths of the Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video and Filmin catalogues. He also likes to make galleries and rankings of movies and series, but no one trusts his judgment too much.
After studying Audiovisual Communication at the Complutense University of Madrid, he created a film review blog with the hope of attending film festivals and press screenings for free. Now, after seven years writing in FOTOGRAMAS about the latest theatrical releases, current series and any content available on the different streaming channels, she still thinks it was worth it.
Frontman of two embarrassing musical projects, director of various video clips by heavy metal bands from Madrid and author of many short films hidden in the Internet, he is the editor and one of the proud members of the cultural podcast ‘Los de al lado de Pumares’ , a space that has allowed him to participate as a collaborator in other radio formats such as ‘Vamos de cine’ (Castilla-La Mancha Media) and ‘El Faro’ (Cadena SER), in addition to having made him one of the main voices of the videos of FRAMES.