Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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October 19, 2019
"Shadow of the Vampire" is a gory and grandiose metaphor for the torments and sacrifices made, extracted, and endured in the name of art.
June 8, 2018
Where Gods and Monsters was a poignant look at the declining years of horror director James Whale, this is more of a dark farce that starts promisingly but has fewer grand ideas up its sleeve than it thinks.
May 24, 2013
shines forth as a labor of love
December 28, 2010
Vampire satire has some creepy moments.
February 15, 2010
This strictly-for-the-cinéastes fantasy is wild, warped fun.
April 29, 2009
This is a dark, gothic, and creepy film with excellent performances from John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.
June 25, 2008
... [I]f you like your horror thoughtful and provoking, this is your movie.
September 25, 2007
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.
September 25, 2007
An imaginatively twisted lesson in film history and a glorious gothic comedy-drama.
September 25, 2007
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.
September 23, 2007
At best, this is a dawdling, toothless riff on a vastly superior film. At worst, it's character assassination.
July 14, 2007
Shadow feels like a missed opportunity.
June 24, 2006
Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same).
April 5, 2006
Through layers of makeup depicting the rat-faced, undead Schreck, a vampire who turns not into a bat but, worse, a demanding prima donna, Dafoe doesn't go over the top, though he does plant his flag at the summit.
December 31, 2005
Incredibly entertaining even without knowledge of Nosferatu.
September 30, 2005
In this cookie cutter movie world, it's nice to see the occasional move that doesn't quite fit into a specific genre or can't easily be classified.
June 25, 2004
What might have occurred during the filming of Nosferatu leaves one amused but confused about how much of Shadow is a spoof and how much is based in truth.
January 7, 2004
interesting and very good
May 22, 2003
Unusual and delightful.
May 14, 2003
A sinister delight for the black at heart.
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