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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  26 January 2001 (USA)
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The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fritz Arno Wagner
Aden Gillett ...
Henrik Galeen
Nicholas Elliott ...
Paul (as Nicholas Elliot)
Wolfgang Müller
Sophie Langevin ...
Myriam Muller ...
Milos Hlavac ...
Innkeeper (as Milos Hlavak)
Marja-Leena Junker ...
Innkeeper's Wife
Reporter 1
Norman Golightly ...
Reporter 2


Shadow of the Vampire is a film about the making of a German all time classic silent horror-movie from 1922 called Nosferatu-Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu-a Symphony of Horror). The production of Nosferatu had to deal with a lot of strange things (some crew members disappeared, some died). This movie focuses on the difficult relationship between Murnau, the director, and Schreck, the lead actor. Written by Anonymous

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An Unspeakable Horror. A Creative Genius. Captured For Eternity.


Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, drug content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burned to Light  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,390 (USA) (5 January 2001)


$8,279,017 (USA) (30 March 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music played on the phonograph to set the mood for the actors in some of the scenes is the soundtrack of Dracula (1979) written by John Williams. See more »


When Skrek first sees the picture of Greta the photos do not match between shots. This is because the first shot of the photo is taken from Nosferatu. See more »


F.W. Murnau: I will not allow you to destroy my picture!
Max Schreck: This is hardly your picture any longer.
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Crazy Credits

Credits end with the sounds of the camera filming and of the phonograph which set the mood for the actors. See more »


Features Nosferatu (1922) See more »


The Flying Dutchman Overture
Written by Richard Wagner
Courtesy of KPM Music Limited
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blew me away
23 January 2001 | by (Boston, USA) – See all my reviews

This has got to be the pinnacle of movie making genius. Anyone even remotely interested in suspense, film making, vampires, German Expressionism, or simply in being entertained should make it a point to see this challenging, evocative, thought-provoking and funny film.

Reviewers I've read seemed outraged at the liberties the film took with the premise of Nosferatu. I thought it was an imaginative and extremely compelling take.

John Malkovich, as always, is brilliant, but nothing prepared me for how scintillating Willem Dafoe's Schreck was. The man is amazing.

I'm taking my friends to see it this weekend!

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