A New Look at a Horror Classic
Modern horror auteur Robert Eggers is in the midst of creating his latest project: a remake of the 1922 film Nosferatu. While the film’s release date is still a ways off, Empire Magazine has released a preview image alongside an interview with the director.
Reawakening a Cinematic Classic
While Robert Eggers might not be a household name, his directorial efforts over the past seven years have captured the attention of both horror fans and critics. Between The Witch (2016), The Lighthouse (2019), and The Northman (2022), Eggers has demonstrated his knack for crafting unsettling, stylistically unique narratives. With next year’s Nosferatu on the horizon, Eggers will test his skillset by not only tackling his first established property but by taking on one of the most important horror films in cinematic history.
Nosferatu, a silent German expressionist film, was not only the first vampire movie ever made but was one of the first horror films ever made. An unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu follows the evil Count Orlok as he terrifies a young couple in the mountains of Transylvania. The film is considered by many to be a stylistic masterpiece that made important contributions to both vampire lore and the art of filmmaking.
An Interview with Robert Eggers
During his interview with Empire, Eggers set expectations about the tone of his remake: “Yeah, it’s a scary film. It’s a horror movie. It’s a gothic horror movie… and I do think that there hasn’t been an old-school gothic movie that’s actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case.”
The iconic Count Orlok that will be testing the audience’s nerves is being played by none other than Bill Skarsgård, star of It (2017), It Chapter Two (2019), and Barbarian (2022). Regarding Skarsgård’s performance, Eggers had this to say: “Bill has so transformed, I’m fearful that he might not get the credit that he deserves, because he’s just… he’s not there.” While Eggers believes that this interpretation of Orlok pays homage to Max Schrek’s original performance, he thinks that there is still plenty to make this version of the character stand out. “I think the main thing is that he’s even more a folk vampire. In my opinion he looks like a dead Transylvanian nobleman, and in a way that we’ve never actually seen what an actual dead Transylvanian nobleman would look like and be dressed like.”
In addition to Skarsgård, Nosferatu will also star Lily-Rose Depp and Nicholas Hoult. While there still isn’t an official release date for the film, audiences shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see it. Nosferatu will be releasing in theaters sometime in 2024 and doesn’t appear to have been affected by the recent SAG-AFTRA strike.
Nosferatu (1922) Fan-Made Trailer