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Nosferatu II: No Sferatus Today

by Saturn V Productions

A gentleman thief stumbles his way into a spooky situation, and oh my do things spiral out of control

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I feel like I've seen this exact warehouse location in at least a few other 48hours films at this point, so I got off to a bad start with Nosferatu II. The setup - a thief sneaking into a Raiders-esque warehouse full of strange objects to steal an item - offers promise, but the film doesn't really kick off until the supernatural shit arrives. And boy does it kick off!

The scuffle that follows is repetitive in places and roughly-hewn in others, but mostly it's a hell of a lot of fun, drawing heavily (and I mean HEAVILY) from the Sam Raimi school of spook-a-blast horror setpieces. The dolly shots of the quite-silly vampire are hilarious, and the sequence features one of my favourite "something invisible" moments of the Christchurch comp this year. And though the climax comes somewhat predictably, it's got a nice little ironic sting for the protagonist.

Genre-wise, the crime element is merely a jumping-off point, but the film is so much fun that I don't think it matters. This is a super-fun film whose kinetic energy transcends any roughness in production, and I can't wait to see it again with a bigger audience. Lives up to its absolutely stupendous title, even if there's nothing sequelly about it.

A small metal case in a warehouse is the target for our would be thief in this delirious vampire vs crook romp, where gonzo camerawork was the order of the day and Max Shreck is nowhere to be found, sequel title be damned.

Things got off to a relatively sedated start as our hero bumbled his way out of a bin he had hid himself in. Certainly a head scratching way to start the heist and then frantically scrambled around until his best Harrison Ford impression presents the box he is after and from there things get. WILD.

Played deadpan with wonderfully suited music to proceedings, the everyman versus Dracula fight was indeed just a catalyst for insanely inventive camerawork. Super low angles giving our bloodsucker a menacing presence. The protagonist sent flying in a way that would have made Sam Raimi jealous. Just really fun edits that fans of low budget horror films will thoroughly enjoy.

Story a bit basic? Who cares! Play this on the big screen please Christchurch judges!

Story: 2/5
Technical: 4.5/5 (simply for that fucking amazing camerawork <3)
Elements: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

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