For fans of classic vampire tales, the recent months have been a veritable feast. Hot on the heels of the theatrical release of the Nicolas Cage-led vampiric comedy, Renfield, another horror classic is set to rise from the crypt. It has been announced that director Robert Eggers’ long-anticipated re-imagination of the film Nosferatu has officially wrapped filming (via Collider).
A New Spin on a Timeless Classic
Eggers’ Nosferatu is not merely a remake; rather, it is set to offer a fresh perspective on the well-known vampire lore. For those unfamiliar, the original Nosferatu was a silent movie released in 1922 and directed by F. W. Murnau. It was loosely based on Bram Stoker’s iconic 1897 novel, Dracula. The film, which was heavily influenced by German Expressionism, went on to become an influential masterpiece of cinema and the horror genre.
In 1979, Werner Herzog remade the movie, titling it Nosferatu the Vampyre. Now, drawing on his extensive knowledge of folklore and mythology, honed through his previous works The Witch and The Northman, Eggers is the latest in a line of creatives seeking to put a different spin on this beloved classic.
A Tale of Obsession, Love, Seduction, and Fear
Eggers’ Nosferatu is a remake of a defining horror film of its time and will be set in the 1800s. It tells a gothic tale of obsession, love, seduction, and fear. The story follows a young woman in 19th-century Germany who is stalked by a vampire, bringing untold horror.
After arriving at the castle of Count Orlok (also known as “Dracula”), Thomas Hutter, who is there to facilitate the Count’s purchase of a nearby property, begins to suspect that the man he works with might be a vampire. Before Hutter is able to part ways with the Count, Orlok sees a photo of his wife, Ellen, and a dangerous and seemingly deadly attraction builds within him.
Meet the Nosferatu Cast
The cast of Eggers’ Nosferatu boasts a number of notable names. Bill Skarsgård, fresh off his brilliant villainous display in the latest instalment of the John Wick franchise, will portray the notorious Transylvanian vampire, Count Orlok. Lily-Rose Depp, known for her role in The Idol, will feature as the object of Orlok’s affection, playing Ellen Hutter. Nicholas Hoult, who recently starred in Renfield as Dracula’s titular lackey, is on board to portray Ellen’s husband and Orlok’s real estate agent.
Hoult has expressed his excitement about returning to the vampire world so soon after Renfield, stating, “Honestly, I wasn’t looking to go back into the vampire world again. But his style [Eggers] and tone are just so completely the opposite of this film, and I’m such a fan of his work that I’m excited to be in his world and watching him and learning from him. I think the film could be really special, so I’m excited for people to see it.”
The rest of the cast includes Willem Dafoe as Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Friedrich Harding, Emma Corrin as Anna Harding, Simon McBurney as Herr Knock, and Ralph Ineson as Dr. Wilhelm Sievers.
The remake of the 1922 horror movie Nosferatu has completed filming. The film is directed by Robert Eggers, known for his work in The Witch and The Northman. The story is set in the 1800s and tells a gothic tale of obsession, love, seduction, and fear, centred around a young woman in 19th-century Germany who is stalked by a vampire. The movie stars Bill Skarsgård as the notorious Transylvanian vampire, Count Orlok, and Lily-Rose Depp as his object of affection, Ellen Hutter. Nicholas Hoult portrays Ellen’s husband and Orlok’s real estate agent. The rest of the cast includes Willem Dafoe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Emma Corrin, Simon McBurney, and Ralph Ineson1.
Unfortunately, there’s no trailer for the movie yet, and the official release date is also not confirmed.
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