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Director: E. Elias Merhige     Starring: John Malkovich Willem Dafoe
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40221363
UPC: 031398833826
UPC 14: 00031398833826
Rating: Game Rating Code
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John Malkovich and Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe star in a riveting suspense thriller about an obsessive director who's so consumed with making the most realistic vampire movie ever, he's willing to sacrifice everything--and everyone--to achieve his vision! In his quest to create a vampire film to die for, F.W. Murnau introduces Schreck as "the ultimate method actor"--one who will appear only in character, in full makeup and only at night. But as the cast and crew begin to disappear, it appears the Murnau has made a devil's bargain with Schreck, whose dead-on performance is, perhaps, too authentic!

"An outstanding performance by Willem Dafoe...  Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A shockingly funny spellbinder!  Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
E. Elias Mehrige's SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE explores the fictional premise that the star of director F.W. Murnau's 1922 German expressionist horror film, NOSFERATU, was an actual vampire. When the dictatorial Murnau (John Malkovich) sets about filming his monster masterpiece, he makes a Faustian deal and enlists the grotesque, reclusive Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) to play the rodentlike Count Orlok. Schreck proceeds to both horrify and fascinate the unwitting cast and crew---including producer Albin Grau (Udo Kier), actor Gustav von Wangenheim (Eddie Izzard), and actress Greta Schroeder (Catherine McCormack)--who, at first, believe Schreck is merely an eccentric actor. As the production continues, however, mysterious accidents and deaths begin to reveal why Schreck never gets any makeup.

From its lavish opening sequence to Murnau's filming of the final scene, Mehrige's movie serves as a tribute not only to the original NOSFERATU but to the art of cinema itself. Because Murnau's project is a silent film, the overbearing director can coax and shout at his actors during the takes, making for some cleverly comical scenes. Although Malkovich, Izzard, and Kier are excellent in their roles, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE could simply not exist without Dafoe's hideous and hilarious performance, which ranks among the finest of the versatile actor's career.


Video Features DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/17/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8338-D
Video UPC UPC: 00031398833826
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cary Elwes
Video Cast Info Eddie Izzard
Video Cast Info John Malkovich
Video Cast Info Willem Dafoe
Video Cast Info E. Elias Merhige - Director
Video Cast Info Lou Bogue - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Dan Jones - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Paul Brooks, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Katz - Writer


Oscar (2001)
   Video Award Name Willem Dafoe, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Ann Buchanan & Amber Sibley, Nominee, Best Makeup

Golden Globe (2001)
   Video Award Name Willem Dafoe, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Memorable Quotes

"A native has wandered into my frame!"----F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) to his film crew

"I'd like some makeup."----Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe)|"Well, you don't get any."----Murnau

"I feed...eratically."----Schreck

"How dare you destroy my photographer! Why not the script girl?"----Murnau to Schreck|"I'll eat her later."----Schreck

"I will finish my picture!"----Murnau|"This is hardly your picture any longer."----Schreck

"If it's not in frame, it doesn't exist."----Murnau

"I think we have it."----Murnau as he finishes the last reel of the film

Professional Reviews

"...A movie lover's movie....Dafoe's portrayal of vampire Schreck is remarkable -- frightening and funny and completely sui generis..." 12/01/2000 p.24-26

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...[A] stylish pastiche....[Dafoe] gives a breathtaking performance..." 12/01/2000 p.39

Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] delicious premise....[Dafoe's] exciting performance shades terrifying thirst with poignant, century-old tristesse..." -- Rating: B 01/12/2001 p.57

Sight and Sound
"...SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE stands witness to the enduring iconic potency of the great classics of the horror genre..." 02/01/2001 p.50-1

Los Angeles Times
"...Dafoe's Schreck combines crazy dignity, towering presence and an unstoppable blood lust to create the kind of presence you just don't see every day..." 12/29/2000 p.F1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The movie does an uncanny job of re-creating the visual feel of Murnau's film....The supporting cast is a curiously, intriguingly mixed bag..." 01/26/2001 p.27

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
This material doesn't lend itself to subtelty, and Malkovich and Dafoe chew their lines like characters who know they are always beings observed... The supporting cast is a curiously , intriguingly mixed bag... - Roger Ebert

The New York Times 9 of 10 improbably blend of behind-the-scenes satire and art-house fright-fest, anchored by Willem Dafoe's creepy, comical and oddly moving performance as the blood-sucking Schreck... - A.O. Scott

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dafoe,Willem
Product attributeLabel:   Trimark Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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