Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
In this 1979 film, Herzog remade F.W. Murnau's 1922 Nosferatu, itself an adaptation of Dracula with most of the characters' names changed for legal reasons. Herzog's film ventures into different territory: while the names of the characters are familiar, the story isn't exactly a faithful retelling of Bram Stoker's novel, leading to some surprises for those familiar with it and its other cinematic adaptations. Herzog's measured pace and the thoughtful performances from the three leads (Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz) make for a mounting sense of dread that increases exponentially over the course of the film.