A vampire and his public domain...
Nosferatu is the alternative name of the infamous Dracula. In fact, it is somewhat a subterfuge to get around a copyright so old some people believe vampires actually existed. This rendition of the count, as was the case for 1922’s Nosferatu, is not as romantic as some vampire depictions have been. The blood sucker is ugly and vile, here, and a bit eccentric.
Because a lot of effort was put in bringing back the dark vibe from the original, the pacing is purposely slow and the character blocking minimal. The dialogue is poetic but rigid, perhaps to remind us of title cards. The performers do a good job with their chatty characters. Some of the tenser scenes don’t make use of a musical score and it makes silence part of the suspense.
Many subtleties are setup in order to bring us right back to the silent black and white classic that it is remaking and re-imagining. Sadly, the villain isn't very scary or threatening. The camera simply can’t frame him in a way to make him appear dominant. Many elements are underdone and more effervescence would have been welcome. This is worth a watch but is nowhere need memorable.