Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey
Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Grey (1932)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 6, 1932
DVD Release Date: May 13, 1998
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Consensus: Full of disorienting visual effects, Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr is as theoretically unsettling as it is conceptually disturbing.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Dreyer's sublimely arcane hallucination

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

[The film conjures] inexplicable dread, on a night that feels brighter than day.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

With the help of Rudolph Maté's luminous photography, Dreyer creates a film of great beauty.

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David Oppedisano
Radio Times

A singular masterwork.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Vampyr is Dreyer's most radical film -- maybe one of my dozen favorite movies by any director.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a masterfully evocative and unsettling horror film

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
The plot can be a little light and incoherent at times, but Carl Theodor Dreyer's "Vampyr" manages to be an effectively creepy film. The gothic… More
danny d
widely rejected by critics at the time of release, dreyers classic horror film must have been ahead of its time because critics and fans alike now love this… More
Graham Jones
Probably the most frightening film I've seen to come out of the 1930's. The visuals are still enough to give you nightmares.
Pierluigi Puccini
Dreyer achieves the same bleak and haunting atmosphere that I reach in my imagination while I read Lovecraft or Poe.
Bob O'Reilly
How to describe Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr: It's the cinematic equivalent of wandering alone in a graveyard at midnight. Allan Grey, a supernatural… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Atmospheric horror that uses limited dialogue and a clever use of camera and lightning techniques to tell it's story. I do felt a bit lost regarding the… More