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5.0 out of 5 stars
A now largely extinct type of horror, 23 Oct 2003
This video should purify your VCR after watching too many Hollywood movies. Its rather like looking at an interactive Caspar David Friedrich painting whilst listening to Wagner in the company of the world's creepiest individual- its a very strange feeling. The sets are the real star of the film, with the rugged countryside contrasting beautifully with the Dutch town of Delft, which with the removal of all signs of modernity adds an amazing touch of authenticity. Further nice touches include the authentic gypsies, superb glass carriage, genuine period ship and of course the famous rats, which Herzog somehow got permission to release not only on the banks of a dutch canal, but also right in the town square! Like much else in this fantastic film, that will proably be never be allowed or attempted again. If this film was to be re-re-made again, the director would prabably dry to use CGI in every scene. That's a horrible thought.
Herzog uses a mere two drops of blood in the entire film, yet racks up the tension by somehow forcing us to share the fears of the protaganists as they enter new and unforseen situations; rather in the way of the blair witch project, its the expectation of impending doom that is frightening rather than anything that actually happens on screen. This film also contains the greatest prop of the century, namely count dracula's vile version of a cuckoo-clock which sits his sickening-dining room. Harker's character also bears a shocking resemblance to jonathon ross, which adds another disturbing twist to this classic film.