Shadow of the Vampire (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)



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

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F W Murnau is making Nosferatu on location in Eastern Europe. The director is determined to make this the most authentic movie ever. To this end Murnau has employed a real vampire, Max Schreck. He explains Schreck's weird behavior by saying that he is a fastidious method actor. As payment Schreck has been promised drug addicted beauty Greta - Nosferatu's leading-lady. She is to be his at the end of filming. But it seems that Schreck cannot wait that long to taste the blood of the crew.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality, drug content, violence and langauge)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Katz, Steven Katz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 29, 2001
Box Office: $7.5M
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site


John Malkovich
as F.W. Murnau
Willem Dafoe
as Max Schreck
Udo Kier
as Albin
Aden Gillett
as Henrick
Ronan Vibert
as Wolfgang
Derek Kueter
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Shadow of the Vampire

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Top Critic

Wholly absorbing and inspired in parts, this carefully crafted curio dares to suggest that Murnau made a Faustian pact with an actual vampire to play the title role in exchange for the neck of the film's leading lady at production's end.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007
Top Critic

Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same).

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

shines forth as a labor of love

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Old School Reviews

Vampire satire has some creepy moments.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

This strictly-for-the-cinéastes fantasy is wild, warped fun.

Full Review… | February 15, 2010

Audience Reviews for Shadow of the Vampire

The idea is really original and Dafoe delivers a spectacular performance under that fantastic makeup (the scene of the Count devouring the bat is hysterical); it is just a pity, though, that the weak script has such a redundant dialogue and Merhige's direction has some misfires.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

If there is a good reason to watch this film, then it's Willem Dafoe's spine shivering performance. From his body language and disturbing smile, to his maniacal voice, Dafoe delivers a performance that shouldn't be forgotten very easily. There was a particular scene that was priceless; of how Dafoe's character was hit by the sun, his reaction was so convincing, its very difficult to ignore how powerful Willem Dafoe made this Oscar worthy performance, for which I personally believe he should've won.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

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