The Witch Director Robert Eggers Thinks We Need At Least One More Vampire Movie
You might be thinking we’ve had enough vampire movies to last a lifetime, but Robert Eggers would like to humbly suggest that you’re wrong. Eggers, writer/director/general mastermind behind last year’s The Witch, is bringing vampires back in a big way: by going right back to the beginning. Nosferatu isn’t just one of the first vampire movies ever made, it’s one of the first horror movies, filmed in 1922 by F.W. Murnau.
And yeah, spinning a classic of this magnitude into a modern remake seems to be freaking Eggers out a bit: “[It’s shocking] to me,” Eggers said in an appearance on Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
It’s a big job to be sure, but Eggers’ apprehension can probably also be explained by his life-long love of the film. According to Eggers, he was one of those kids who was a bit too much of a chicken to get into the really scary stuff like A Nightmare on Elm Street. But when he saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a book in elementary school, he had a revelation. “That’s when I realized this is what I want to be doing,” said Eggers. “Nosferatu has a very close, magical connection for me. Though if I were to make the movie 17-year-old Rob was going to make of Nosferatu it would have been something between like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sin City, whereas this is going to be the same approach as The Witch, where 1830s Biedermeier Baltic Germany needs to be articulated in a way that seems real.”
Egger’s passion for history and his impressive dedication to historical accuracy was beautifully on display in The Witch. If anyone can give Nosferatu the remake it truly deserves, Eggers is the guy.