Film Screening 27th June, 2001

Poster for Shadow of the Vampire

Shadow of the Vampire 

8:00 PM, 27th June, 2001

  • M
  • 92 mins
  • 2000
  • E. Elias Merhige
  • Steven Katz
  • John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Cary Elwes

Welcome to the making of the first great horror movie, 1922s Nosferatu. F.W. Murnau (Malkovich) is obsessed with creating a perfect horror movie. And he'll go to any lengths to achieve that. The film is being shot in Eastern Europe, and it is only late in the filming that the director introduces the man who will play the vampire, Max Schreck (Dafoe). Schreck is a little odd, but Murnau explains that he's a method actor, who will stay in character the whole time. But people come to suspect that there may be more than just acting involved. This is a wonderful film. I've always been a sucker for making-of's, even if they're fictionalised like in this film. This is one of the best 'minor' films of the year. A hidden gem in the program.

Robert Ewing