Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

West Germany, France, [“a German-French co-production”],
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
German, French

A West German/French horror film directed by Werner Herzog.

Plot Summary

Estate agent Jonathan Harker travels to the castle home of the Count in order to sell him a new home in his hometown, Virna. But the vampire Count Dracula sets his heart on Harker's wife Lucy and arrives in Virna spreading plague with him. All Dracula wants is to be able to grow old naturally, to love and to die.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Werner Herzog
© [not given on screen]
Michael Gruskoff presents a Werner Herzog Filmproduktion; Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Munich, Gaumont S.A., Paris
Executive Producer: Walter Saxer
Produced by: Werner Herzog, Michael Gruskoff
Written by: Werner Herzog
Novel: Dracula by Bram Stoker *
Director of Photography: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Editor: Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Music: Popol Vuh/Florian Fricke and Richard Wagner: Rheingold; Charles Gounod: Sanctus
Costume Designer: Gisela Storch
Make-up: Reiko Kruk, Dominique Colladant
Hairdresser: Ludovic Paris
Special Effects: Cornelius Siegel
Production Designer: Henning von Gierke

Klaus Kinski (Count Dracula)
Isabelle Adjani (Lucy Harker)
Bruno Ganz (Jonathan Harker)
Roland Topor (Renfield)
Walter Ladengast (Doctor Van Helsing)
Dan van Husen (warden)
Jan Groth (harbourmaster)
Carsten Bodinus (Schrader)
Martje Grohmann (Mina)
Ryk de Gooyer (town official)
Clemens Scheitz (Clerc)
Lo van Hensbergen
John Leddy (coachman)
Margiet van Hartingsveld
Tim Beekman (Coffinbearer)
Jacques Dufilho (captain)

Alternative Titles

Nosferatu – fantôme de la nuit – French title
Nosferatu the Vampyre – English language title

Remake of
Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

Extracts included in
Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995)
Monster Mania (1997)
Mein liebster Feind – Klaus Kinski (1999)
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

Nosferatu a Venezia (1988)



  • Entertainment Weely no.470 (5 February 1999) p.74 – review (Kinski Counts by Michael Sauter)
  • Films in Review vol.30 no.10 (December 1979) pp.627-628 – review (by Tom Rogers)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.338-339 – illustrated credits, review
  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker's Novel Adapted (3rd Edition) by Lyndon W. Joslin pp.113-132 – credits, synopsis, production notes, review
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.137-138 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.105-109 – illustrated credits, review (by J.C.T. [John C. Tibbetts])
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones pp.86-87 – credits, review

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide October/November 2018 p.55 – illustrated listing