Friday, July 24, 2009
Werner Herzog's 1979 vampire masterpiece Nosferatu is a bit of an acquired taste. If you're a fan of big explosions, obvious humor, light-hearted romance, or instant gratification, steer the fuck clear of it. Stick with more suitable fare like House Bunny or something starring Dane Cook. Nosferatu is too good for you, Stupid American, and you probably wouldn't "get it" anyway. It's dark, it's slow, and it's cerebral. But most of all, it's CREEPY.
As is the droning, repetitive soundtrack by krautrock pioneers Popol Vuh. Drifting through the Transylvanian fog on a shimmering cloud of sitars, buzzing strings, and slowly-building unease, this album is a perfect companion to the film. Herzog enlisted Popol Vuh to provide soundtracks for several of his films in the 70's and 80's, and Nosferatu is one of the best. By the way, did you know that Popol Vuh is named after a manuscript containing the mythology of the Post-Classic Quiché Maya kingdom of highland Guatemala? Of course you did.