Vampyr (1932)


Pushing the boundaries of cinematic representation, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s expressionistic marvel includes a transcendent sequence where the audience itself is put in a coffin and carried through town to the graveyard. Vampyr is a sound film (the dialogue was postsynchronized in several different languages) with something of a silent sensiblity that adds to its eerie atmosphere. Haunting and beautiful, Dreyer’s horror film is both essential viewing for vampire buffs and one of the most inscrutable yet rewarding experiences in movie history. Naturally, the movie was ignored by critics and audiences alike, and it was a decade before Dreyer made another film.
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