Saturday, September 22, 2012

Vampyr

Vampyr is a 1932 foreign film listed in the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.  It is available online via youtube:



This version has English inter-titles and some subtitles.  It is an interesting take on the vampire legend. The Husband picked up the Criterion edition of this film earlier this year and we watched it today. This restoration is much brighter and not nearly as shadowy as the version I had seen before. He appreciated this version of a vampire tale.

1001 Flicks has a review of the older version.  Moria says, "It has received high praised in a number of critical circles, with some even considering it one of the greatest horror films ever made."  1000 Misspent Hours calls it "one of the most eerily disorienting movies I’ve seen in my many years as an avid fan of fright films." DVD Talk says,
Criterion's revelatory 2-disc DVD set is based on a 1998 restoration by Martin Koerber and the Cineteca di Bologna. What was once a confusing puzzle can now be seen as a new direction for the horror film, a slow moving hallucination filled with bizarre visuals. Vampyr locates the uncanny not in the dark but in pale, powdery whiteness signifying the absence of life-giving blood.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100%.

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