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DVD Reviews: Shadow of the Vampire

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Reviewed by Lindsay Stevenson
Review Date: 19 March 2003
Distributed by:
The AV Channel
Running Time: 91 Minutes

Shadow of the Vampire is a movie with some big name stars..John Malkovich (Con Air) as the director F.W. Murnau, Cary Elwes (Robin Hood – Men in Tights) as Cameraman Wagner and Willem Dafoe (Spiderman) as Shrek the Nosferatu. 

Shadow of the Vampire is based on the tale of the making of the movie Nosferatu in the 1920s, alleging that a deal was made by Murnau with a real “live” Vampire to star in this movie. It tells of the deal made and the progression towards the ultimate end. 

The tale is of the passion of the director to make his ultimate film at all costs…and the difficulties in having an actual vampire as a star. 

I found this film both strange and refreshing which, considering the content was completely unexpected.  The sense of old time atmosphere this movie gives leaves you with wonder and suspense with its climatic finish. 

The picture quality lends itself to the feeling of the old time movies, and the sound quality is good.

Extras are interesting and informative with interviews giving an insight into the making of this movie.  Homage to Nosferatu is fascinating.

Shadow of the Vampire Features

  • Commentary by Director E. Elias Merhige
  • Production: Featurette, notes and montage
  • Cast and Crew Biographies with video interviews
  • Trailer
  • Homage to Nosferatu
  • Animated Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Madman Propaganda


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