This attractively photographed, impressively scored follow-up to Nosferatu, Phantom der Nacht (1979) is even statelier than the original.
Klaus Kinsi’s Nosferatu, fond of platitudes like ‘there is no meaning in a life that never ends’, has long white hair this time but keeps his rat teeth. Revived by a séance after 200 years in a Venetian tomb, he floats about the city, preying on aristocratic misses and flamenco dancers, and looking for the lookalike descendant (Barbara De Rossi) of a woman he once contaminated. In the Van Helsing role is Paris Catalano (Christopher Plummer), a student of vampirism. Slow and solemn as a Venetian funeral, this inevitably winds up with the neurotic Catalano losing and Nosferatu getting the girl. With Donald Pleasence.
Directed and written by August Caminito.
Extract from The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror, edited by Phil Hardy.