While I wasn’t really wowed by The Witch unlike many, and I haven’t even seen The Lighthouse yet, there’s no doubt that director Robert Eggers is producing very distinctive work within the horror genre. So why on earth is he remaking the 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, especially when there was a very fine one in 1979 that I personally prefer to the original?
Well, in an interview with ‘Bloody Disgusting’, Eggers talked about why he’s drawn to Nosferatu:
“That movie is really important to me for many reasons. And I think Nosferatu is closer to the folk vampire. The vampire played by Max Schreck is a combination of the folk vampire, of the literary vampire that actually has its roots in England before Germany, and also has roots in Albin Grau, the producer/production designer’s occultist theories on vampires. So he’s not a traditional folk vampire but it’s much closer to that than Stoker, even though obviously Stoker is using a lot of folklore that he’s researched to create his vampire. But Dracula is finally much more an extension of the literary vampire that was started by John Polidori, based on Byron.”
Asked about casting and in particular Willem Dafoe who not only starred in The Lighthouse but played the character, kind of, in Shadow of a Vampire, Eggers was vague:
“You can ask Willem Dafoe. If you look, my next movie has been leaked [the Viking drama The Northman] and we’re trying to cast Dafoe in that, so I clearly enjoyed working with him.”
I still find it hard to understand why film-makers want to remake films they are fans of. It makes no sense! It seems like they’re disrespecting the originals. And personally I cannot see what more Eggers can bring to the table that F. W. Murnau and Werner Herzog. But we shall see…