|“||Listen... listen. The children of the night make their music.||„|
|~ Count Dracula|
Count Dracula is the main antagonist of Werner Herzog's 1979 film Nosferatu the Vampyre, a remake of the original 1922 film Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror. He is based upon the original character, Count Orlok, as well as the character from the original novel.
He was portrayed by the late Klaus Kinski, who also portrayed Lope de Aguirre in Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God.
Unlike the original character, who was pure evil, this version of Dracula is a tragic character who is weary of an eternal life spent alone in the dark, thirsting for human blood while yearning for human company that he can never have.
At the beginning of the film, when he invites Jonathan Harker to his castle, he bites him during his sleep, infecting him with the vampiric curse and eventually travels to town. He has managed to already bring the plague to the town, killing hundreds, including every last one of the authorities.
Now aware that something other than plague is responsible for the death that has beset her once-peaceful town, Harker's wife Lucy desperately tries to convince the townspeople that something evil is at work, but they are skeptical and uninterested. With help from Jonathan's friend Abraham Van Helsing, she finds that she can vanquish Dracula by distracting him at dawn, but at the expense of her own life. She lures the Count to her bedroom, where he proceeds to drink her blood.
Lucy's beauty and purity distract Dracula from the call of the rooster, and at the first light of day, he collapses to the floor. Van Helsing arrives to discover Lucy, dead but victorious. He then drives a stake through the heart of the Count to make sure Lucy's sacrifice was not in vain. But in a final, chilling twist ending, Jonathan Harker awakes from his sickness, now a vampire, and arranges for Van Helsing's arrest. Harker is last seen traveling away on horseback, stating enigmatically that he has much to do.