Shadow of the Vampire


Back in the 1920s, the production of the first rip-off film of Dracula was plagued by misfortune and deaths. This film speculates that the reason was that the role of the vampire in the film was played by a real vampire, who naturally had to fulfill his blood lust. The film is a fictionalised account of the production of that 1920s film. It bills itself as a horror, but turns out more like an over-the-top black comedy.


90 minutes.
No persons under 10 (Violence) .
Comedy, Drama, Horror

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Credits

Cast
John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes, Catherine McCormack
Director
E. Elias Merhige
ScreenplaySteven Katz
MusicDan Jones
CinematographyLou Bogue
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2000
Produced byBBC, Delux Productions, Long Shot Pictures, Luxembourg Film Fund, Metrodome Films, Saturn Films, Shadow of the Vampire Ltd.

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
8
Cape Argus
Owen Williams
15
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
10
The Cape Times
Julia Landau
10
Die Burger
Herman Wasserman
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
20
SA City Life
Tony Jackman
15
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
15
Box Office
Lael Loewenstein
13
James Berardinelli
18
Total Film
Nick Hunt
15
Film Review
Ben Woodhams
20
Uncut
Simon Lewis
10

What the People say

Internet
1112 Netizens
14

Average .. 71%

14

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Alexandre Renault (21) 8

Average .. 40%

8

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Yes, it features good performances and good cinematic effects, and, if I was rating it purely for ''film as art'', my rating would be higher. Since I don't believe in vampires, I didn't buy the basic premise, which probably also influenced my rating. Towards the end, it went distinctly over the top and lost all credibility, which is a pity. Don't expect to be particularly scared.






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