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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! You know, I’ve never seen Werner Herzog’s remake of Nosferatu. I suppose it’d make a great addition to my A Movie A Day column. Maybe next October, yeah? I mean, I love Herzog, I love the original Nosferatu and the idea of Klaus Kinski playing Count Dracula is very appealing to me. I’m just not a massive, massive fan of the Dracula tale, truth be told. With all due credit to Bela Lugosi’s mesmerizing performance and Tod Browning’s brilliant gothic atmosphere, Dracula is my least favorite of the Universal Monster movies. So, I suppose that’s the reason I haven’t jumped immediately into this film, but I love the iconic image of Max Schrek’s vampire. He is not a romantic, he’s a fucking monster. And below you’ll see Mr. Kinski in the make-up, a young Werner Herzog and a whole lot of atmosphere. I love how the darkness is almost a character in this photo. I hope you enjoy it (and click for the bigger version)!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is like this one, but older. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator

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  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Just watched this a few days ago

    by Snookeroo

    Interesting movie

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Or should I say

    by Snookeroo

    watched it for the FIRST time.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Ive always thought

    by macheesmo3

    That Herzogs film is really about the loneliness of vampirism... It wouldn't really be this romantic cornball adventure like Ann Rice or Twilight. It would be horrible. Cuz you'd still be a human in your heart but have become a monster to survive. An unwilling cannibal doesn't really sound too romantic to me.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Always LOVED this movie

    by RoarsLoudly

    So many things about it appealed to me.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    if all vampire films.....

    by Dallas1701D

    were as true to the original concept as this one, they'd probably never be considered "sexy"

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Gorgomel

    Oh boy was she gorgeous!!!!

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Quint 3 words: GO WATCH IT

    by KilliK

    Herzog's remake is superior to the original.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Browning's Version is Dull, But Hammer's

    by WriteFromLeft

    ...version is top-notch. It's the best scripted Dracula movie I've ever seen.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    I could imagine

    by TheFlyingWasp

    Seeing him complain about the food and going on a complete tirade in that makeup would be both amusing and terrifying.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Coppola's Dracula

    by ufoclub1977

    was pretty influential (maybe in a bad way!) with it's bat creature and werewolf demon having sex with women... It's also got some dense lush sound design. I need to check out the remake of Nosferatu again.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    and since we are talking about Nosferatu and Twilight

    by KilliK

    here's a motivational poster you should take into consideration when you are going out to watch a vampire movie:<br /> <p>

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Sarah Palin ad on AICN???!!!

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    Really??? What the fuck is up with that?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I also recommend the La Bete movie which is thematially

    by KilliK

    and atmospherically similar with Herzog's Nosferatu.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Try reading the book.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Judging Dracula from the Browning movie is like judging Star Wars from an episode of Droids. You may as well say you don't like Dracula because Count Chocula is your least favorite cereal, for Christ's sake.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I heart Herzog

    by UGG

    ..and Kinski. Dripping with atmosphere this one, and the rat's scene is great.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Do not skip this film Quint

    by Smack_Teddy

    Its like saying you havnt seen the shinning because the book is your least favourite of Kings, or he is the least of your favourite horror writers... although i love Dracula...

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Not my favorite vampire film or Herzog flick, but I like Herzog's NOSFERATU. Definitely has that rough-around-the-edges 70s atmosphere, and it's always worth checking out a Herzog/Kinski collaboration. <br> <br> After you see it once, try listening to the commentary track - Herzog comes off as cool as ever with some good stories about the production. However, he's paired up with some sycophant douche who seems to have a Wikipedia-depth understanding of Herzog and his films - it's actually kind of astonishing that they let him into a recording studio with Herzog.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Mullah Omar haha couldn't agree more

    by UGG

    On the movie, and the commentary, Herzog sound's like he enjoy's correcting him. I think he's the same guy on the Cobra Verde and Aguirre one's too, thankfully Herzogs voice is soothing enough.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Here, here 3 Bag Enema

    by raw_bean

    The one version of Dracula that's really worked with me is, funnily enough, Bram Stoker's.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Quint, assuming you've seen Shadow of the Vampire?

    by D_T

    A really fun take on Nosferatu with Willem Dafoe playing Schreck and John Malkovich playing [the director of the original] Murnau.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    never seen it.

    by disfigurehead

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Isabella Adjani

    by Danger Mouse

    Luminous, mesmerisingly beautiful... Ever seen Queen Margot? This is a fantastic film.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    "Shadow of the Vampire" is kind of fascinating

    by Kammich

    It doesn't really work on a lot of levels, and doesn't capitalize on every avenue that the tremendous concept offers... but Dafoe's performance as a vampiric Shreck is brilliant, and its definitely worth a watch.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Danger Mouse

    With all the gazzillion versions of Dracula on film - I find it astonishing that the only thing that has never been done (apart from the kinda/sorta Spanish version) is a really true to the book version. Most are based on the Early 20thC stage play and have elements from that. You could say the same about other great characters also - like Tarzan.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Great score

    by swanstep

    It's Florian Fricke/Popol Vuh again. He worked with Herzog throughout the '70s and '80s, but for my money Nosferatu's some of his most affecting stuff since Aguirre.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Hope tomorrow is a cool pic of Max Shreck!!!

    by alienindisguise

    I never cared for the Kinski version and even though the '22 Nosferatu has some wtf moments, that makeup job on Max is still a masterpiece

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I hope we get a pick from the Howling

    by vin_diggler

    I've never seen any before but I'm sure they exhist.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Count Orlocks first appearance..

    by nolan bautista "Shadow of the Vampire" is priceless! one of the best scenes in the film

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Quint, don't wait a year; opening images

    by HyphenatedWords

    The image of either Schreck's or Kinski's bald white face haunted my childhood more than any other movie monster. It was the white face that I always knew would pop into view if I looked too long at the black square of a window at night.<br> <br> I had to dare myself to see this once I was an adult, and of course by then my sensibilities had me well-prepared for it. What surprised me most were the absolutely chilling images of the Mummies of Guanajuato used during the opening credits. They aren't mentioned in the film afterward, but one could image them representing the Count's hoards of victims, stowed away in the bowels of his castle. Cree-py.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by StarryNight

    It's pretty obvious that Quint hasn't seen the movie, because this isn't a behind the scenes picture. It's an image from the movie pasted next to an unrelated picture of Herzog. The picture doesn't even make sense, if I'm going to accept that it's actually a set photo. Where are they all standing? Why aren't they looking at each other? Why is the entire background bathed in an artificial black?

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Don't care much for Dracula eh

    by TheJudger

    Well what about The Monster Squad? He "Is" the main villian. Maybe it's the Monster that did it for you. He was a very affective asshole character in that film. None of the other monsters could have done it as a leader like he did with such panache. For me Dracula has been told right yet, still to this very day. Too much romanticizing. He's a fucking conqueror of men and a sadist of the highest order.

  • Oct. 25, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    "has not" be told right

    by TheJudger

    damn typo

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Did I just enter bizarro world?!?

    by TheComedian77

    To be charitable, I'm going to assume that none of you have seen the BFI release of Nosferatu, with a soundtrack by James Bernard (who composed for Hammer, Dracula included). If you HAD seen that version you wouldn't make the peculiar claim that the remake is superior. Or maybe you're just uber Herzog fans? I tried to watch the Herzog film. It was awful. The acting, the was Cheese on a stick! Murnau's pic had atmosphere, class. For God's sake, the makeup is some of the best you'll see and it's 90 years old. Only a Herzog die hard could compare the two and claim the remake is 'superior'.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Kinsky is great in this

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    The film has some nice dreamy moments. Great use of Wagner.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I wish Klaus Kinski had accepted working on Raiders...

    by ricarleite2

    There would be hilarious behind the scenes footage of Kinski screaming at Spielberg and Harrison Ford.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Herzog should do The Birth of a Nation next.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    This is officially my favorite picture so far. Perfect. Thanks.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by j_difool

    i agree that the guy on the Herzog DVD commentaries is a douche. For the record, he's a douche by the name of Crispin Glover (McFly in Back to the Future). despite being a fan of early Herzog, this one never totally worked for me. in theme, the "loneliness" of the vampire idea was novel and succeeded for me, but the rest of it never really came together. i don't believe any director or actor's work is sacrosanct. and i find it really doubtful that so many Aint-it-coolers really loved this movie. it's more likely that people love that "crazy" combo of Herzog and Kinski so much that they are willing to love this film too, by extension. The Murnau film is superior. I say that as a fan of 70s Herzog.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    It was actually a guy named Norman Hill: (I found this info at several sources but this reads the best) <br> <br> I looked it up because I knew there was no way it was a dude as out there as Crispin Glover, who would have actually been a great choice to sit in there with Herzog and really bring the dementia.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Re:Sarah Palin ad on AICN???!!!

    by maverick68

    Don't let the thought of people having differing opinions than your own send you into cardiac.....