Shadow of the Vampire

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Released 2001

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Director:
E. Elias Merhige
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
In his quest to create a vampire film to die for, E.W. Murnau (Malkovich) hires the mysterious Max Schreck (Dafoe) toplay count Orlock in his masterpiece, Nosferatu. Murnau introduces Schreck as 'the ultimate method actor' - one who will appear only in character, in full makeup and only at night. But as the cast and crew begin to disappear, it appears that Murnau has made a devil's bargain with Schreck. With luminous performances and biting humor, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE holds you in its icy grip from start to finish.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    "Willem Dafoe is Max Schreck." I put quotes around that because it's not just a line for a movie ad but the truth: He embodies the Schreck of "Nosferatu" so uncannily that when rea...

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    At once wildly metaphorical and distressingly literal-minded, Shadow of the Vampire tries, with mixed success, to be scary, funny and profound all at once.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Willem Dafoe's performance in Shadow of the Vampire is so irresistible it not only breaks that cycle but turns an otherwise just adequate film into something everyone will want to ...

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Categories

Drama, Horror, Suspense

Themes

Supernatural, Zombies,Vampires & Monsters