Shadow of the Vampire
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
Director F.W. Murnau hires a real vampire to star in his silent horror film NOSFERATU in this clever historical fiction about one of the most celebrated vampire movies ever made. John Malkovich stars as the German director, who makes a deal with the devil when he brings in real-life bloodsucker Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) to play Nosferatu. The crew slowly wise up to Schreck’s true identity, but when it’s revealed what – or who – Schreck was promised as payment, things spiral out of control. Horror and cult favorites Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard and Cary Elwes co-star.
Director F.W. Murnau hires a real vampire to star in his silent horror film NOSFERATU.
Cast: John Malkovich, Willem Defoe, Cary Elwes, Udo Kier, Eddie Izzard
Very funny and insightful film about an urban legend.
Great cast, didn't like the movie though
I thoroughly enjoyed this film!
I really enjoyed the premise, and it had a wonderfully gothic atmosphere. There are a few moments that came across as a little hokey or over the top, but it didn't dampen the film as a whole for me. I was a fan of the director's previous work (Begotten), so it was also interesting to see him direct something much more accessible.
Solid movie despite Malkovich hamming it up and chewing scenery as he always does.