Vampyr (1932)

VAMPYR (1932)
Article #139 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 8-2-2001
Posting date: 12-16-2001

A man whose “vision reaches beyond that of most men” encounters a family being plagued by a vampire, an ugly old woman.

This is certainly one of the strangest vampire movies I’ve ever seen. Half of it is a relatively straightforward vampire movie (and I do mean relatively), but because the main character seems to live in both one world and another, we have several sequences of this other world, a world where men’s shadows detach themselves from the bodies to which they belong to live a life of their own, and where the hero seems to both witness and take part in his own burial. The storyline can be quite hard to follow, and it is so full of haunting and memorable images, that it, more than any other movie I know of, feels like a bizarre, only partially remembered dream. The movie was apparently shot silent, and the dialogue was added later. I have a great deal of affection for movies this strange.

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