Vampire in Venice
|Vampire in Venice|
Spanish language theatrical poster
|Directed by||Augusto Caminito
Luigi Cozzi (uncredited)
Klaus Kinski (uncredited)
Maurizio Lucidi (uncredited)
|Produced by||Carlo Alberto Alfieri (executive producer)
|Screenplay by||Alberto Alfieri (story)
Leandro Lucchetti (story)
Pasquale Squitieri (uncredited)
by F. W. Murnau
Barbara De Rossi
Micaela Flores Amaya
|Music by||Luigi Ceccarelli
|Edited by||Claudio M. Cutry|
|Distributed by||VPS Film-Entertainment GmbH (Germany)|
|Running time||97 min.|
Vampire in Venice (Original title: Nosferatu a Venezia), also known as Nosferatu in Venice, is a 1988 Italian horror film directed by Augusto Caminito and starring Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer, Donald Pleasence and Barbara De Rossi.
The film is an in-name-only sequel to Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, although its almost completely unrelated with Herzog's version of the Nosferatu story only with Kinski returning to reprise his loosely connected role. Donald Pleasence had previously played Dr. John Seward in Dracula, and Christopher Plummer later went on to play another vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing, in the film Dracula 2000. The film proved unsuccessful at the Italian box-office and enjoyed limited release abroad.
Professor Paris Catalano goes to Venice to investigate the last known appearance of Nosferatu during the Carnival of 1786. Catalano seems to think that the vampire is searching for a means to put an end to his torment and actually be dead. He stays with a family who, legend says, has the vampire trapped in a tomb in the basement. After a séance "the vampire" appears and then it becomes a question of how do you put the evil back into the box.
- Klaus Kinski ... Nosferatu
- Christopher Plummer ... Professor Paris Catalano
- Donald Pleasence ... Don Alvise
- Barbara De Rossi ... Helietta Canins
- Yorgo Voyagis ... Dr. Barneval
- Anne Knecht ... Maria Canins
- Elvire Audray ... Uta Barneval
- Giuseppe Mannajuolo
- Clara Colosimo ... Medium
- Maria Cumani Quasimodo ... Princess
- Micaela Flores Amaya ... Woman at Gypsy Camp
- Mickey Knox ... Priest (uncredited)
Director-producer Caminito had intended to produce a legitimate sequel to Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, with Kinski reprising his role. However the actor refused to shave his head and don his make-up again. In this film, Kinski sports long blond hair. The vampire character here is simply called "Nosferatu" (and not Dracula, or even Count Orlok). Nosferatu is an almighty and indestructible lord of the undead who wishes his immortal life to end but can only die if a virgin woman grants him her love. Christopher Plummer plays Paris Catalano, an ineffective vampire hunter.
The film had a troubled history, with several directors being fired and leaving the project, while Kinski's explosive behavior on set caused many delays in shooting. Producer Caminito decided to direct the film himself when director Mario Caiano resigned after being insulted on the set by Kinski. Kinski claimed in his autobiography, All I Need Is Love, that he ended up directing himself in certain scenes.
- Nosferatu a Venezia (Nosferatu in Venice) (Vampire in Venice) (1986) Rotten Tomatoes
- Nosferatu in Venice (1988) (aka Nosferatu a Venezia, Vampire In Venice) Cinema de Bizarre
- Nosferatu in Venice, by Johan Melle Love Lock and Load
- Nosferatu en Venecia DeCine21.com (Spanish)
- Interview with Luigi Cozzi