Silent horror classic Nosferatu celebrated its a hundredth anniversary final yr, however it’ll have another excuse to return to the highlight in 2024, when style craftsman Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse, The Northman) releases his long-awaited remake. At present, we all know a bit extra about what to expect from the vampire tale—together with that it’s going to certainly be scary.
Right here’s the first-look picture shared by Empire Magazine in a preview of its new situation and on X:
Launched on the top of German Expressionism by director F.W. Murnau, and that includes an otherworldly efficiency by Max Schreck because the title monster, Nosferatu famously ripped off Bram Stoker’s Dracula, to the consternation of Stoker’s litigious heirs, and it retains an eerily timeless high quality. Riffs on Dracula have by no means been removed from popular culture (this yr alone introduced The Final Voyage of the Demeter and Renfield), and even Nosferatu has been remade earlier than, notably in 1979 by Werner Herzog (starring Klaus Kinski). Then, 2000’s Shadow of the Vampire provided a fictionalized tackle the making of the 1922 movie, with Willem Dafoe enjoying a model of Schreck who simply may truly be a vampire.
Nonetheless, one has to assume there’s loads of room for Eggers’ interpretation of this story—particularly contemplating its solid, which additionally contains Dafoe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Lily-Rose Depp, and Renfield’s Nicholas Hoult (not enjoying Renfield this time), options famous boogeyman Invoice “Pennywise” Skårsgard. “I’ll say that Invoice has so reworked, I’m fearful that he won’t get the credit score that he deserves as a result of he’s simply… he’s not there,” Eggers told Empire. “He felt like honoring who had come earlier than him. It’s all very refined. However I believe the primary factor is that he’s much more a people vampire. For my part he appears like a lifeless Transylvanian nobleman, and in a manner that we’ve by no means truly seen what an precise lifeless Transylvanian nobleman would appear like and be dressed like.”
If that sounds sufficiently nightmare-inducing, Eggers is right here to inform you that’s his purpose. “It’s a scary movie,” Eggers promised. “And I do assume that there hasn’t been an old-school Gothic film that’s truly scary shortly … I believe that almost all of audiences will discover this one to be the case.”
Nosferatu is due out in 2024.
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