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Shadow of the Vampire: Friday January  25, 2001

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. If Schreck delivers a great performance -- and keeps his more unseemly urges under control -- Murnau has promised him the delectable neck of the film's star, Greta (Catherine McCormack). -- Lions Gate Films


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76 - Worth Seeing

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E. Elias Merhige 


Steven Katz 




John Malkovich as F.W. Murnau
Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck 
Cary Elwes as Fritz Wagner 
John Aden Gillett as Henrik Galeen 
Eddie Izzard as Gustav von Wangenheim 

Running Time

1hr 24min


R (for some sexuality, drug content, violence and language)


Lions Gate Films




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 The People's Review of Shadow of the Vampire 

score = 100
comments = In this Goth-goofy take, director E. Elias Merhige really revamps cinematic history when he envisions what it was like on the set of F.W. Murnau's 1922 horror classic, Nosferatu. Here, the legendary Murnau (an eccentric John Malkovich, natch) makes a Faustian deal with the devil--or in this case a vampire--and employs real bloodsucker Willem Dafoe as the lead.