Vampire in Venice

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"Vampire Of Venice" redirects here. For the Doctor Who episode, see The Vampires of Venice.
Vampire in Venice
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Spanish language theatrical poster
Directed by Augusto Caminito
Luigi Cozzi (uncredited)
Klaus Kinski (uncredited)
Maurizio Lucidi (uncredited)
Produced by Carlo Alberto Alfieri (executive producer)
Augusto Caminito
Screenplay by Alberto Alfieri (story)
Leandro Lucchetti (story)
Augusto Caminito
Pasquale Squitieri (uncredited)
Based on Nosferatu 
by F. W. Murnau
Starring Klaus Kinski
Christopher Plummer
Donald Pleasence
Barbara De Rossi
Clara Colosimo
Micaela Flores Amaya
Mickey Knox
Music by Luigi Ceccarelli
Cinematography Tonino Nardi
Edited by Claudio M. Cutry
Scena Film
Distributed by VPS Film-Entertainment GmbH (Germany)
Release date(s)
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time 97 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian

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,[1][2] although its almost completely unrelated with Herzog's version of the Nosferatu story[3] only with Kinski returning to reprise his loosely connected role.[4] 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.



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.[5] 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.[5] Kinski claimed in his autobiography, All I Need Is Love, that he ended up directing himself in certain scenes.


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