Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey
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Vampyr ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, the story concerns a mysterious series of killings, committed by a crone of a female vampire (Henriette Gerard). The story is told through the eyes of a holiday reveller (Julian West), who at first scoffs at the notion of a supernatural murderer, but who is eventually forced to believe that there are more things in heaven and earth. Dreyer offers few explanations of the phenomena he presents on screen: the strange and frightening happenings just happen, as casually as any… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Stay with him and you'll be rewarded with one of the more-unusual horror films you'll ever see -- or films of any kind, for that matter."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"If you've never seen a Carl Dreyer film and wonder why many critics, myself included, regard him as possibly the greatest of all filmmakers, this chilling horror fantasy is the perfect place to begin to understand."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A singular masterwork."
‑ David Oppedisano, Radio Times
"Vampyr might not be much of a vampire movie, but it's one hell of a horror movie. It creates a sense of unease that few films can compete with, casting viewers into a realm where meanings are elusive and terror lies in every shadow."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"In a triumph of the irrational, Dreyer's eerie memento mori never allows either protagonist or viewer fully to wake up from its surreal nightmare."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"[The film conjures] inexplicable dread, on a night that feels brighter than day."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"With the help of Rudolph Maté's luminous photography, Dreyer creates a film of great beauty."
‑ Chris Peachment, Time Out
"An often gauzy-gray movie that makes as much use of white as of the traditional horror-movie black, 'Vampyr' is so beautiful to look at, it's hypnotic."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Almost entirely devoid of the outright thrills associated with the genre, while managing to be one of the creepiest, most unsettling movies you're ever likely to see."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The notion of cinema as dreamscape has rarely been realized as exquisitely as in Danish writer-director Carl Theodor Dreyer's moody vampire tale."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Vampyr is Dreyer's most radical film -- maybe one of my dozen favorite movies by any director."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Dreyer's sublimely arcane hallucination"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"In psychological effect, beautiful individual shots are contrasted and related one to another as in dreams or emotions rather than logic."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Vampyr plays like a musty old photo that wakes to jolting life."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"remarkable for the way that it explored the occult some 76 years ago."
‑ Christopher Null,
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