Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Dracula (1992): Dracula, In Medias Resurrected

An Ecstatic Truth

Nosferatu the Vampyr (1979)

Written by Werner Herzog based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker
Directed by Werner Herzog
Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz

Dracula (1992)

Written by James V. Hart based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Anthony Hopkins



It was perhaps a little unconventional, but I rang in the new year accompanied by the century-spanning, deathless, Count Dracula. As the world was counting down to another year of living, I was reminded by Werner Herzog and Francis Ford Coppola of time as an eternal and endless now. Nosferatu the Vampyre and Dracula represent nearly diametrically opposed interpretations of Bram Stoker’s novel, of the same name as Coppola’s film, that has sired the seemingly endless stream of vampire-related media since its writing. Appropriate, I suppose, and possibly unavoidable, that the legacy…

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