Shadow of the Vampire
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F W Murnau is making Nosferatu on location in Eastern Europe. The director is determined to make this the most authentic movie ever. To this end Murnau has employed a real vampire, Max Schreck. He explains Schreck's weird behavior by saying that he is a fastidious method actor. As payment Schreck has been promised drug addicted beauty Greta - Nosferatu's leading-lady. She is to be his at the end of filming. But it seems that Schreck cannot wait that long to taste the blood of the crew.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"The screenplay, by Steven Katz, suffers from arch, almost unspeakably theatrical dialogue, and, as Murnau, John Malkovich recites his lines as if monomania were synonymous with monotonic: He drains the drama of blood."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"It's a marvelous, resonant joke that never quite succeeds: Stretches of the film resemble a Dario Argento horrorfest crossed with a Mel Brooks spoof."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"shines forth as a labor of love"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"This is a dark, gothic, and creepy film with excellent performances from John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"At best, this is a dawdling, toothless riff on a vastly superior film. At worst, it's character assassination."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Wholly absorbing and inspired in parts, this carefully crafted curio dares to suggest that Murnau made a Faustian pact with an actual vampire to play the title role in exchange for the neck of the film's leading lady at production's end."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Out of such dizzying layers of (un)reality, some sublime films have emerged. Nosferatu was one of them, and this is not -- but, c'mon, credit it with the old college try, a pretty decent effort."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Vampire satire has some creepy moments."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"... [I]f you like your horror thoughtful and provoking, this is your movie."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Shadow feels like a missed opportunity."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same)."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This stupid and demeaning fantasy about the shooting of F.W. Murnau's 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu is a piece of postmodernist kitsch whose only redeeming quality is an enjoyably over-the-top, eye-rolling performance by Willem Dafoe."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This strictly-for-the-cinéastes fantasy is wild, warped fun."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An imaginatively twisted lesson in film history and a glorious gothic comedy-drama."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Through layers of makeup depicting the rat-faced, undead Schreck, a vampire who turns not into a bat but, worse, a demanding prima donna, Dafoe doesn't go over the top, though he does plant his flag at the summit."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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