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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
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Henrik Galeen
Nicholas Elliott ...
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Wolfgang Müller
Sophie Langevin ...
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Innkeeper (as Milos Hlavak)
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Reporter 1
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


Willem Dafoe was hired as The Green Goblin in Spider-Man (2002) after the producers watched his performance in this film. See more »


In the titles on screen (as in a silent film), the first time the Count's name is listed as "Orlock"; midway through the film, when there are titles again, it's spelled "Orlok". See more »


F.W. Murnau: Our battle, our struggle, is to create art. Our weapon is the moving picture. Because we have the moving picture, our paintings will grow and recede; our poetry will be shadows that lengthen and conceal; our light will play across living faces that laugh and agonize; and our music will linger and finally overwhelm, because it will have a context as certain as the grave. We are scientists engaged in the creation of memory... but our memory will neither blur nor fade.
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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 »


References Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) See more »


Tristan Und Isolde - Overture
Written by Richard Wagner
Courtesy of KPM Music Limited
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Great Performances in a Good Movie

The premise of "Shadow of a Vampire" is simple, what if Max Schreck was really a vampire posing as an actor playing a vampire in the Murnau's masterpiece, "Nosferatu?" Well, the result is both slightly scary and pretty funny. Director E. Elias Merhige and writer Steven Katz create a fairly creepy mood, and inhabit the picture with some real interesting characters.

John Malkovich plays famous silent film director F.W. Murnau. This is perhaps the funniest performance of the bunch, especially when he is giving audible instructions to the "actors" while the camera is rolling. Then, there is Willem Dafoe who plays Max Schreck/ the vampire. It is incredibly fun to watch an almost unrecognizable Dafoe play this oddball, Max Schreck. Unfortunately for Murnau, Schreck starts doing what vampires tend to do... bite people. The original photographer dies along with a few others at the mouth of Schreck. After seeing this movie, it is quite easy to see why Dafoe was nominated for best supporting actor at the Oscars. His performance is worth the price of admission.

This is a film which is hard to classify, sense it is a fictional account of an actual film with real people. Yet this horror-comedy does have its moments of wonderful macabre humor along with great performances to help make it an enjoyable movie. A 7 out of 10. I highly recommend watching this as part of a double feature. First, watch Murnau's original 1922 masterpiece, "Nosferatu", then watch "Shadow of a Vampire." You will appreciate "Shadow of a Vampire" a lot more (or maybe vice versa).

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