Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
October 26, 2014
Dreyer's sublimely arcane hallucination
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 8, 2014
Stay with him and you'll be rewarded with one of the more-unusual horror films you'll ever see -- or films of any kind, for that matter.
David Oppedisano
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
A singular masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 21, 2013
[The film conjures] inexplicable dread, on a night that feels brighter than day.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 17, 2011
An often gauzy-gray movie that makes as much use of white as of the traditional horror-movie black, 'Vampyr' is so beautiful to look at, it's hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 6, 2011
In psychological effect, beautiful individual shots are contrasted and related one to another as in dreams or emotions rather than logic.
Jeremy Heilman
July 23, 2009
Vampyr might not be much of a vampire movie, but it's one hell of a horror movie. It creates a sense of unease that few films can compete with, casting viewers into a realm where meanings are elusive and terror lies in every shadow.
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 24, 2008
Almost entirely devoid of the outright thrills associated with the genre, while managing to be one of the creepiest, most unsettling movies you're ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 28, 2008
Vampyr is Dreyer's most radical film -- maybe one of my dozen favorite movies by any director.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
August 26, 2008
Vampyr plays like a musty old photo that wakes to jolting life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
August 19, 2008
In a triumph of the irrational, Dreyer's eerie memento mori never allows either protagonist or viewer fully to wake up from its surreal nightmare.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 6, 2008
The notion of cinema as dreamscape has rarely been realized as exquisitely as in Danish writer-director Carl Theodor Dreyer's moody vampire tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
July 30, 2008
remarkable for the way that it explored the occult some 76 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 28, 2008
Tremendously eerie, even more than 75 years later.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Sean Axmaker
July 22, 2008
An early sound film shot with a distinctive and evocative silent film aesthetic, Vampyr is a horror movie as tone poem.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2007
If you've never seen a Carl Dreyer film and wonder why many critics, myself included, regard him as possibly the greatest of all filmmakers, this chilling horror fantasy is the perfect place to begin to understand.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 4, 2007
Penetrates deep into the psyche to carry out its menacing, ethereal lurk.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
With the help of Rudolph Maté's luminous photography, Dreyer creates a film of great beauty.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 1, 2004
Vampyr plays upon many archetypal fears of modern horror (science, doctors, disease, women, insanity, premature burial), but its power lies in its disorienting visual effects.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 13, 2004
Sublimely creepy, and a surrealist surprise from this usually ascetic director.
| Original Score: 5/5
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