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Vampyr

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Vampyr

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
73 minutes
performer:
Julian West, Maurice Schutz
director:
Carl Theodor Dreyer
author:
60812
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Horror

We gave it an A-

Vampyr, one of the greatest vampire movies, was as much a surrealist experiment as a horror film. Danish director Dreyer achieved tension via moody shadow lighting and abrupt cuts within scenes. This short but powerfully unnerving movie gets a grand Criterion Collection two-disc treatment: a 1966 documentary about Dreyer’s career, a book featuring the screenplay and Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 source story, and an unfortunately lugubrious commentary by British film scholar Tony Rayns. A-

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