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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
John Malkovich
Cary Elwes
Eddie Izzard
Udo Kier
Catherine McCormack
Ronan Vibert
Willem Dafoe
Directors
E Elias Merhige
Screenwriters
Steven Katz
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Shadow of The Vampire


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Plot
In 1921, director F. W. Murnau hires a real vampire, Max Schreck, to play the lead in Nosferatu, his unauthorised adaptation of Dracula. During location shooting in a spooky castle and on an isolated island, Murnau seems willing to sacrifice to the monster any number of co-workers, and indeed, leading lady Greta Schroeder, in order to make his masterpiece.


Verdict
Broader and wilder than Gods And Monsters, this in-reference fest for frightfilm fans has enough chuckles and shudders even for those who’ve never heard of Nosferatu.


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