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Shadow of the Vampire is frightening, compelling, and funny, and features an excellent performance by Willem Dafoe. Read critic reviews

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F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich) is struggling to create his silent classic "Nosferatu" on location in Eastern Europe. The director is obsessed with making this the most authentic vampire movie ever. To that end, Murnau has employed a real vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), explaining to the crew that he is the ultimate of that new breed, the "method actor" -- trained by Stanislavsky himself. Schreck will appear only in character and only at night.

Cast & Crew

Willem Dafoe
Max Schreck
Cary Elwes
Fritz Wagner
Eddie Izzard
Gustav von Wangenheim
Udo Kier
Albin Grau
Catherine McCormack
Greta Schroeder
Ronan Vibert
Wolfgang Muller
Paul Brooks
Executive Producer
Richard Johns
Co-Producer
Orian Williams
Associate Producer
Dan Jones
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Critic Reviews for Shadow of the Vampire

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  • Mar 29, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2014
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  • Apr 16, 2013
    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 R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2013
    An unusual genre-defying movie that has a strange appeal, although it is sometimes too slow-paced. Shadow of the Vampire is driven by a great performance from John Malkovich and an even greater performance from Willem Dafoe, who is wonderfully creepy in everything he does as Max Schreck. From his disgusted facial expressions to his grotesque body language, Dafoe is perfect in his role. The movie isn't perfect, but Shadow of the Vampire is just peculiar enough to make for an enjoyable viewing.
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