Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 19, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Shadow of the Vampire

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/29/00
Wide Release Date
01/26/01
performer
Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Cary Elwes, Eddie Izzard, Udo Kier, Catherine McCormack
director
E. Elias Merhige
Producers
Metrodome Films, Saturn Films, Shadow of the Vampire, Ltd.
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Stephen Katz
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama, Horror

We gave it a B+

E. Elias Merhige’s kicky, elaborately constructed fantasy is both an homage to F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu and a high-spirited meditation on the correlation between bloodsucking and filmmaking. John Malkovich plays Murnau, draining the creativity of his colleagues; Willem Dafoe, in a fangs-bared performance, plays Nosferatu star Max Schreck — assuming Schreck played such a convincing Dracula because he really was a vampire. B+

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