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NOSFERATU IN VENICE 1986
(aka Vampires In Venice)
Directed by Augusto Caminito
Cast - Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence, Barbara De Rossi
Yorgo Voyagis, Anne Knetch, Elvire Audray, Giuseppe Mannajuolo
Not to be confused with Werner Herzog's NOSFERATU (1979), this Italian made vampire film features Klaus Kinski as the lead character. Haunted by mysterious dreams, the Princess Henrietta enlists the aid of Professor Catalano (Plummer) to help solve her problem. One of her ancestors was the lover of Nosferatu. Catalano is an expert on vampirism, and know a lot about the history of Nosferatu. The Princess is convinced that the legendary vampire is locked in a tomb beneath her family's home. She hires a spiritual medium to contact the vampire's spirit, and awakens the bloodsucker. It turns out that Kinski is many miles away, in another country. With the help of a gypsy and her crystal ball, Kinski sees the face of Henrietta and embarks on a journey to Venice. Unknown to Kinski, the face he saw, is not the same woman who's desire he feels.
NOSEFERATU IN VENICE is far superior to Herzog's dull film in every aspect. This is an atmospheric and romantic tale, with Kinski's character being alternately creepy and charismatic. Kinski plays a badass vampire with supernatural powers. Weak mortals are no match for him. Much of the film's atmosphere benefits from the gloomy streets and waterways of Venice. The sound track by Luigi Ceccarelli is superb, and adds much to the film. There is a decent amount of bloodshed, including several impalements and some good neck biting scenes. It also has some tasty nude scenes, as Nosferatu is quite a lady killer. Toss in a few plot twists, and it adds up to a great film. This is one of the best vampire movies I've seen. Recommended viewing for fans of European cinema and vampire enthusiasts.