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      Shadow of the Vampire

      R Released Jan 26, 2001 1h 33m Drama List
      82% Tomatometer 141 Reviews 74% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich) is struggling to create his silent classic "Nosferatu" on location in Eastern Europe. The director is obsessed with making this the most authentic vampire movie ever. To that end, Murnau has employed a real vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), explaining to the crew that he is the ultimate of that new breed, the "method actor" -- trained by Stanislavsky himself. Schreck will appear only in character and only at night. Read More Read Less

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      Shadow of the Vampire is frightening, compelling, and funny, and features an excellent performance by Willem Dafoe.

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      Richard Brody New Yorker "Shadow of the Vampire" is a gory and grandiose metaphor for the torments and sacrifices made, extracted, and endured in the name of art. Oct 19, 2019 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Vampire satire has some creepy moments. Rated: 3/5 Dec 28, 2010 Full Review David Edelstein Slate The screenplay, by Steven Katz, suffers from arch, almost unspeakably theatrical dialogue, and, as Murnau, John Malkovich recites his lines as if monomania were synonymous with monotonic: He drains the drama of blood. Sep 25, 2007 Full Review Chuck Klosterman Akron Beacon Journal Does this mean Shadow of the Vampire is good? Sort of. Does it means it's bad? Sometimes. But it's usually entertaining. Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 28, 2023 Full Review Chris Phillips Out Magazine Catherine McCormack is an over-the-top delight as the neurotic object of Schreck's affection, and Dafoe, in a performance that's both skin-crawling and sympathetic, more than lives up to the prerelease hype. May 27, 2022 Full Review Jan Stuart The Advocate It’s a puerile premise, made even sillier by highfalutin dialogue and somnolent pacing that makes us wonder at times if they are pulling our leg or embalming a classic silent picture in the process of trying to emulate it. Apr 5, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alejandro E Including the cast, what can be most appreciated and appreciated about this film is how it combines reality and fiction, to show what could be the origin of the expressionist classic Nosferatu. As a curiosity, it's worth the effort. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/15/24 Full Review Alex L Great performance by Malkovitch and Dafoe Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/24 Full Review Lars N With a killer premise and poor execution this is the sort of movie they should remake. This movie has the potential to be so. much. better. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review DanTheMan 2 For any fan of Nosferatu, Shadow of the Vampire makes for an inspired diversion in an improbable blend of behind-the-scenes satire and art-house fright-fest. A gory and grandiose metaphor for the torments and sacrifices made, extracted and endured in the name of art. Borrowing the techniques of silent films, including the use of intertitles to explain elided action and iris lenses, E. Elias Merhige's direction is sublime in its respect for the era, managing to make the film equal parts frightening and surprisingly funny. Avoiding the pitfall of irony, Willem Dafoe, in a performance that's both skin-crawling and sympathetic, encapsulates the role of Nosferatu so perfectly that when real scenes from the silent classic are slipped into the frame, you don't notice a difference. A shame he hasn't landed the role in Robert Eggers' upcoming remake of the silent original, but I look forward to Bill Skarsgård's take all the same. Shining brightly as a labour of love, Shadow of the Vampire is a carefully crafted and wholly absorbing curiosity led by its outstanding performances that is more than worthy of your time, be you a fan of the original or not. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/29/23 Full Review Stephen C Fun little masterpiece of a movie. Underrated, I almost never hear it mentioned, and I love horror and I love these actors. I didn't know going on who would be the vampire or director, I just knew the premise and the two lead actors. They all did incredible, all the supporting actors too. What a movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Elew G Great Cast. Great premise. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich) is struggling to create his silent classic "Nosferatu" on location in Eastern Europe. The director is obsessed with making this the most authentic vampire movie ever. To that end, Murnau has employed a real vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), explaining to the crew that he is the ultimate of that new breed, the "method actor" -- trained by Stanislavsky himself. Schreck will appear only in character and only at night.
      Director
      E. Elias Merhige
      Producer
      Nicolas Cage, Jeff Levine
      Screenwriter
      Steven Katz
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films
      Production Co
      Saturn Films, Long Shot Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 26, 2001, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 14, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $8.3M
      Runtime
      1h 33m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SR, Dolby Digital, Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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