An Estate Agent's Clerk (Gustav von Wangenheim) in the city of Bremen leaves his bride (Greta Schroeder)to conduct business in the distant Carpathian mountains with an eccentric client named Graf Orlok (Max Schreck). During a long and hazardous journey the closer he gets to his destination the mmore terrified are the people he meets. What he finds when he reaches Orlok's sinister castle is enough to make the flesh of the most devoted horror fan creep.
On first release, the critics were divided and the paying public were oftem bewildered by the director's brilliant use of time and space distortion in this unparalleled horror masterpiece. It was the very first film to be based on the Dracula character created by Bram Stoker. Names were chaned and the location switched from Transylvania to the city of Bremen, but the Stoker Estate, who had not given permission for the film, recognized the similarities and sued the films German producers. An English judge ordered all copies of the film to be destroyed and the negative burned. Fortunately the order was not enforceable in Germany and so a print survived.
Freely adapted from classic Victorian supernatural tales by author Sheriden Le Fanu. Vampyr tells the story of a young man who becomes involved with two sisters, one of whom, wasting away with a strange sickness, turns out to be a victim of a vampire. In Vampyr Dreyer has transformed Le Fanu's horror tales into a mystic quest, a meditation on the theme of death, and neatly fashioned it as an abstract expiremental film.
The camera is like a sleepwalker, leading us trancelike into a labyrinth from which cause and effect have disappeared. The hauntingly sinister atmosphere created is disquieting and unforgettable.
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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