Robert Eggers has become a household name (at least among Horror Freaks) following the success of his historical horror movie The Witch last winter. It made perfect sense that Eggers would be tapped to direct the upcoming remake of Nosferatu.
Eggers recently sat down with the good folks at IndieWire.com where he discussed, among other things, his obsession with Nosferatu:
“I saw a picture of Max Schreck as Count Orlok in a book in my elementary school and I lost my mind,” said Eggers. Afterward, Eggers made his mother drive to the mall in rural New Hampshire so they could order a VHS of the 1922 classic.
“Then, when I was 17, I directed the senior play [of] ‘Nosferatu,’” said Eggers. “It was very expressionist, it was much more expressionist than the film is. It was ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ style [German Expressionistic].”
“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.”
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In The Witch (Official Synopsis): New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.