Library staff recommendation: Shadow of the Vampire

Shadow of the Vampire
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
GD1066 Greenfield DVD

Shadow of the Vampire is my all-time favorite vampire film! John Malkovich portrays F. W. Murnau, the famous film director who produced the classic vampire film Nosferatu. In Shadow, the fictional Murnau is taking his German cast and crew to shoot Nosferatu on location in Slovakia. Willem Dafoe plays Max Schreck who, as a character actor, is playing the vampire, Count Orlok. Schreck takes his role very seriously, never breaking character or being seen out of costume. Perhaps the actor is taking his role too seriously?

Malkovich and Dafoe are superb. The film is at once hilarious and frightening. You’ll be in suspense until the very last scene!

Recommended by Shannon Robinson

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