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925 Ratings

Shadow of the Vampire

Directed by E. Elias Merhige
Luxembourg, United States, 2000
Drama, Comedy, Horror


The filming of Nosferatu and the difficult relationship between F.W. Murnau and Max Schreck cast the backdrop, as cast and crew begin to disappear, while Murnau has seemingly made a devil’s bargain with Schreck, whose performance is too authentic.

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Shadow of the Vampire Directed by E. Elias Merhige

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2000 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

2001 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

What I dislike most about Shadow of the Vampire is how it cannibalizes an earlier movie for no apparent reason. This stupid and demeaning fantasy about the shooting of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu is a piece of postmodernist kitsch whose only redeeming quality is an enjoyably over-the-top, eye-rolling performance by Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck, the actor playing the lead vampire, Count Orlock.
January 26, 2001
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