NOSFERATU Image Unveils SPIDER-MAN Star Willem Dafoe As A "Crazy Vampire Hunter"

NOSFERATU Image Unveils SPIDER-MAN Star Willem Dafoe As A "Crazy Vampire Hunter" NOSFERATU Image Unveils SPIDER-MAN Star Willem Dafoe As A "Crazy Vampire Hunter"

While we await a first trailer, a new official still from Robert Eggers' Nosferatu has been released online, giving us a first glimpse of Willem Dafoe's character...

By MarkCassidy - Dec 18, 2023 01:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Horror
Source: Via FearHQ

Still no sign of that trailer (though we have it on good authority that it will be released before Christmas), but thanks to EW, we do have another official image from Robert Eggers' highly-anticipated Nosferatu remake.

This latest still gives us a first look at Willem Dafoe's (Spider-Man: No Way Home) character, Professor Albin Eberhart Von Franz, who is described as a "crazy vampire hunter."

Dafoe may look alone - not to mention surprisingly joyous - in the image, but he's actually surrounded by a multitude of furry little co-stars!

"That sequence, aside from having real flames, had 2,000 real rats," says Eggers, who has previously worked with Dafoe on two other projects: 2019's The Lighthouse and 2022's The Northman. "Which was challenging but also fun."

Coincidentally, Dafoe actually played Max Schreck as a real-life vampire playing Count Orlok in the original Nosferatu in E. Elias Merhige's masterful 2000 black comedy, Shadow of the Vampire.

Check out the new still at the link below.

Though rights issues forced the filmmakers to make a few significant changes to the story, Nosferatu was loosely based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, and Von Franz is basically the tale's version of Abraham Van Helsing. Earlier interpretations of the character appeared in F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic (as Professor Bulwer), and in Werner Herzog's 1979 remake, Nosferatu the Vampyre.

We have yet to get a proper look at Bill Skarsgård as the sinister count himself, but Eggers promises it'll be worth the wait.

"Aside from his eyes, it’s hard to find Bill," the director says. "I’m trying to not give too much away, but Bill totally transforms into something that is very unique." Eggers does reveal that the actor worked with an opera coach to lower his voice an octave. "People are going to think it’s all digital tampering, but he put in the work," the filmmaker continues. "I’m super excited to see what audiences make of Bill Skarsgård's Count Orlok."

“He felt like honouring who had come before him. It’s all very subtle. But I think the main thing is that he’s even more a folk vampire. In my opinion he looks like a dead Transylvanian nobleman, and in a way that we’ve never actually seen what an actual dead Transylvanian nobleman would look like and be dressed like,” Eggers said in a previous interview.

"Nosferatu tells a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman in 19th century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire who stalks her, bringing untold horror with him."

The movie also stars Lily-Rose Depp, Nicholas Hoult, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Emma Corrin, and is set to hit theaters on the 25th of December 2024.

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GhostDog - 12/18/2023, 1:25 PM
Nothing better than a maniacal, cackling DAFOE
WhatIfRickJames - 12/18/2023, 1:26 PM
With each picture release, hype increases
TheFinestSmack - 12/18/2023, 1:30 PM
"NOSFERATU Image Unveils SPIDER-MAN Star Willem Dafoe As A "Crazy Vampire Hunter""

Oh sweet! Something was "UNVEILED" instead of "REVEALED"! Josh is listening!!!
marvel72 - 12/18/2023, 3:24 PM
@THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - Watched this movie last 4K Blu-Ray, haven't seen it in years and I really enjoyed it.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/18/2023, 4:52 PM
@marvel72 - Nice! It definitely still holds up.
santoanderson - 12/18/2023, 1:35 PM
Agent: “Okay, Willem. Your next role has you playing a deranged, maniacal psychopath with a disturbing smile.”

Willem Dafoe: “Can’t you guys just like get me a rom-com or something?”
HegoD - 12/18/2023, 1:57 PM
@santoanderson - short film "The Smile Man" in which he stars is close to rom-com :D

DocSpock - 12/18/2023, 2:28 PM
@santoanderson -

Aah yes. If I was gonna switch to dudes…..
Fares - 12/18/2023, 1:37 PM
TheLobster - 12/18/2023, 2:35 PM
@Fares - this
SirDuckAlot - 12/18/2023, 1:37 PM
This shit is gonna go hard.
BeNice123 - 12/18/2023, 1:39 PM
Dafoe is the Goat when it comes to a sociopath. Love his acting skills.
Repian - 12/18/2023, 1:57 PM
Dafoe has to play the ultimate psychopath. The biggest lunatic of his entire acting career. If not, let him be the new voice of Joker in the animated series of the Caped Crusader.

Fares - 12/18/2023, 2:46 PM
@Repian - I imagine in my head this scene with Dafoe as Joker (Josh Brolin as Batman maybe?)

Crossing my fingers that it may someday happen under the Elseworlds brand.
ModHaterSLADE - 12/18/2023, 1:57 PM
This man is one of the best in the game when it comes to playing crazy. Looking forward to it.
TheVisionary25 - 12/18/2023, 2:09 PM
Dafoe playing crazy is always welcome!!.

Looking forward to this , nice to have more gothic content.

Repian - 12/18/2023, 2:12 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I'm looking forward to seeing Bill's Nosferatu walk around like a ghostly specter similar to that gif.
VamP5659 - 12/18/2023, 2:15 PM
this movie is gonna be absolutely insane and I am 100% FOR IT!
DocSpock - 12/18/2023, 2:29 PM
He’s easier to look at than my first wife.

SonOfAGif - 12/18/2023, 2:34 PM
Willem Dafoe and Michael Cera for a live action Rick and Morty movie.
AmazingFILMporg - 12/18/2023, 2:34 PM
This film is a first day watch for me💪♥️😎
TheLobster - 12/18/2023, 2:36 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - 1000% my guy
AmazingFILMporg - 12/18/2023, 2:46 PM
@TheLobster -

Horror is and always will be my first love. These other genres are my whores on the side🤡😎😅
DocSpock - 12/18/2023, 4:33 PM
@AmazingFILMporg -

My wife introduces me with that line.

SuperiorHeckler - 12/18/2023, 3:56 PM
Gotta' think the top-hat is a homage to Lon Chaney's fake vampire character from the lost film "London After Midnight". 🤓
Batmangina - 12/18/2023, 8:46 PM
Misery, misery, misery! THAT'S what you've chosen.

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