Saturday, May 01, 2010
Release date: 1922/2009
Nosferatu is the oldest surviving vampire film and is also a masterpiece of German expressionist cinema.
Orlok the Vampire is a reimagining of the film by treating the original in such a way that it becomes 3D if you use the red/blue glasses. It is also deeply flawed as I pointed out after seeing this at the 2009 Bram Stoker Film Festival.
However let us get the 3D aspects, as created by Chris Heuer, out of the way. The 3D really does work and I have to take my hat off to the technique. It is very clever indeed. One cannot say the same with respect to what was then done with the film and the problems fall into two camps: Sound and Vision.
The fact that they decided to move the film’s primary location from Germany to England showed a noodling of the highest and most pointless order.
2 out of 10, recognises the very clever 3D techniques but if you want a modernistic imagining try the Industrial/Gothic remix or for a beautiful restoration try the Kino release. This version is interesting only for a gimmick and the gimmick is of limited value – beyond that the film displays a lack of understanding of filmic conventions with regards the use of music in (silent) cinema and a gross disrespect of the original film that verges on the criminal.