The creepiest vampire ever is about to get a bit creepier in high definition.
91 years after the film was first released, KINO distribution is bringing us a newly-restored version of the classic Nosferatu this Autumn.
In this first-ever screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, a simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count Orlok — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck, in a performance the very backstory of which has spawned its own mythology — who soon after embarks upon a cross-continental voyage to take up residence in a distant new land… and establish his ambiguous dominion. As to whether the count’s campaign against the plague-wracked populace erupts from satanic decree, erotic compulsion, or the simple impulse of survival — that remains, perhaps, the greatest mystery of all in this film that’s like a blackout…
Remade by Werner Herzog in 1979 (and inspiring films as diverse as Abel Ferrara’s King of New York and The Addiction, and E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire), F. W. Murnau’s surreal 1922 cine-fable remains the original and landmark entry in the entire global tradition of “the horror film”.
Check out the trailer for the restored edition below, and pre-order yours here, releasing November 12th!
As if that weren’t enough, Eureka! Entertainment has coordinated a theatrical run that will open in selected cinemas nationwide in the UK on Friday October 25, 2013, just in time for Halloween, and will also feature as part of the BFI’s GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film which runs from 21st October 2013 — 31st January 2014.
According to the BFI site, where you can also find a complete listing of participating venues:
This new restoration of Nosferatu, released as part of Eureka Entertainment’s Masters of Cinema Series has been meticulously prepared and looks truly outstanding. It will allow a new generation to experience afresh one of the greatest of all cinematographic horrors, and a monument of German expressionism, looking better than ever. The film is uncanny, legitimately terrifying – to see it on the big screen in the midst of the Halloween season will make for an unforgettable experience.
Official synopsis :
While watching two children on Halloween night, a babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids’ trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn’t long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth… the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.
Director Damien Leone has made several short films in the past featuring “Art the Clown”, including “Terrifier” and “The 9th Circle”.
This will be his first feature film, and he was quoted as saying, “As a huge fan of the genre, it’s very important to me to deliver a film that will haunt fans long after they see it. With All Hallows’ Eve, we’re trying to capture the spirit of the great horror films of the 70s and 80s while pushing the envelope even further.”
Check out the trailers for these short films below :
All Hallows’ Eve hits DVD on October 29th 2013!
It is now available for pre-order through Amazon here.