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Shadow of the Vampire


Mandy Heiser

Shadow of the Vampire
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John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe star in this spectacular movie about the making of what is considered to be the greatest vampire film of all-time, Nosferatu. John Malkovich plays the director, F.W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe plays Max Schreck, a supposed "character actor" who takes the role a little too seriously. Max plays Count Orlock in Nosferatu, but will show up for filming only in full costume and make-up, and only at night. But there's a deeper story behind it all.... Max Schreck really IS a vampire, or so it seems.

This movie was fantastic, all of the actors were excellent (especially Dafoe) the directing was incredible, and even the scenes that were supposed to be from Nosferatu really looked like they were. The last scene is absolutely perfect (I won't spoil it!), it's so haunting...it rather reminded me of the last scene from the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It leaves you thinking "Who is the real monster?" the blood-thirsty, lonely vampire? Or the crazed director determined to make the film perfect?

Of course it did have it's flaws, such as the unnecessary drug use (Thank you Hollywood!), which was...rather pointless. Of course, this seemingly pointless lead to unnecessary nudity as well. You really get the feeling that those scenes were just because Hollywood thought it would make it more commercial.

Aside from these little blunders, this was a terrific film. John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe and Cary Elwes (Yay!) were all absolutely fitting for their roles, the sets were incredible, everything was top-notch.

My Rating = Three Stars

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