What the 1922 Nosferatu couldn’t achieve due to the time period, this version does in spades. The 1979 German production directed by Werner Herzog takes the familiar story of Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) and his quest to sell property to Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski) in Transylvania.
This is the art house version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and it is masterfully done. Normally, I prefer my movies to be pedal-to-the-metal action, or at least that way when they are shitty horror movies. This movie is slower, but the pacing is good. It is slow when it needs to be to sell the atmosphere and let the story breathe.
The ending is a nice climactic event with an even better twist. It leaves you with a cold, dark feeling of despair, just the way I like it.