• Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Shadow of the Vampire

Release Date: December 29th, 2000

DVD Release Date: May 29th, 2001

R |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Cary Elwes, Aden Gillett, Eddie Izzard, Udo Kier, Catherine McCormack, Ronan Vibert

Director: E. Elias Merhige

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Saturn Films

Distributors: Lionsgate Films

Keywords: Dark, Fall

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    He's (Dafoe) the stuff bad dreams are made of. He's also the best movie vampire since Schreck's original. He deserves a bloody Oscar. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    "Willem Dafoe is Max Schreck." I put quotes around that because it's not just a line for a movie ad but the truth: He embodies the Schreck of "Nosferatu" so uncannily that when real scenes from the silent classic are slipped into the frame, we don't notice a difference. show more

  • 84
    Michael AtkinsonMr. Showbiz

    Might be the most original film of the year. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001)
Nominated Makeup