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Nadja: A review

I love the vampire story and make an attempt to see almost everything worth seeing.  One rare film I had missed was Nadja, a 1994 film produced by David Lynch.

Nadja feels like something out of the 1960s with Warhol and Sedgwick.  It’s hip.  It’s haunting.  It’s an arthouse film style in black and white complete with beautiful people.  Not quite as bizarre as Andy Warhol’s Dracula.  Nadja takes the Dracula story and brings it to modern day New York City.  David Lynch makes a cameo as a morgue attendant.  Peter Fonda plays Professor Van Helsing.

Nadja’s father is dying after being staked through the heart by Van Helsing, whose nephew bails him out of jail after being arrested for the act.  A dysfunctional showdown builds between members of the Dracula family after his death, and members of the Van Helsing family.  I’m not sure how well this film would go over with today’s typical horror fan.  It’s worth the journey to hunt this one down for the avid vampire film fan.  Certainly much better than Dracula 3000 or dare I say it, New Moon.

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Veritas • January 26, 2010

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