for some sexuality, drug content,
violence and language.
Directed By: E. Elias Merhige, Elias Merhige
Running Time: 1:24
by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
Production Interview - 1. E. Elias Merhige - Director
2. Willem Dafoe - Star
3. Nicolas Cage - Producer
Audio Commentary - 1. E. Elias Merhige - Director
Trailers - 1. Original Theatrical Trailer
2. Bonus Trailer - BEGOTTEN
Stills/Photos - 1. Make-Up Application Montage
2. Production Scrapbook
Biographies - 1. Cast & Crew
|If you like this,
try: Nosferatu, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Salem's Lot
SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
The film starts off With F.W. Murnau filming his potential
horror masterpiece "Nosferatu". It tells how F.W. Murnau came to Bram Stoker's
wife for the rights to make "Dracula" into a movie. She rejects their offer so
F.W. Murnau plays it smart. He changes the name of the movie from "Dracula" to
"Nosferatu", then he changes the name of the vampire from "Count
Dracula" to "Count Orlock". F.W. Murnau is seen as a genius to his peers
and friends. He's chosen the person to play the vampire and everyone is wondering who it
is. He then introduces Max Shreck played by Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-man). The crew is very terrified and
spooked by Max. But Murnau played by John Malkovich (Of Mice and Men, Con-air) tells them he's just a brilliant
character actor who submerges himself into his character for realism. Soon everyone starts
to suspect Max isn't who Murnau says he is.
Where to begin? This was highly praised by
critics everywhere. So don't expect to find something new here. You're about to read
another praiseful review. This is an excellent film. It's tones and dimness provide a
great mood to this gothic art piece. John Malkovich is excellent as the mad and demented
director F.W. Murnau who, throughout the whole movie, bares no remorse or terror towards
the victims dying around him or for the vampire, which in the end leaves you to wonder:
Who is the real monster in this? The man or the beast? Willem Dafoe is brilliant as Max
Shreck and resembles him so much it's scary. How is it that Willem Dafoe plays a past
character, yet is able to create his own character in the process? This question only
proves his greatness as an actor. E. Elias Mehrige is such an
excellent director that there isn't the slightest essence of Hollywood in this movie which
proves that there is still good movies being made. The ending is weird and very scary
leaving you more spooked by Murnau rather than Shrek. This is highly suggested.
The film was too short for a running time of an hour and
twenty-one minutes, which didn't leave time for much emphasis on the characters.
We never truly get to learn a whole lot about the characters which seems to make
me feel deprived of something.
This is a dark, gothic, and creepy film with
excellent performances from Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.