This isn’t the literal translation of the book. This is European. The dialogue about death and insanity are pure Herzog as he uses the characters to explore the themes of gothic horror like the battle between progress and the past and ideas of faith and time as opposed to shape-shifting antics. The triumph of madness and the raising of sex over science as the solution subverting the book. Less ersatz-gothic, more the real thing that evokes existential as well as physical horror.