Vampyr (1932)

  • Horror, Silent
  • 1h 15m

Vampyr is perhaps the most effective and most radical Surrealist movie ever made.” - The New Yorker

If you’ve never seen a Carl Dreyer film and wonder why many critics, myself included, regard him as possibly the greatest of all filmmakers, this chilling horror fantasy is the perfect place to begin to understand.” - Chicago Reader

Vampyr is Dreyer’s most radical film – maybe one of my dozen favorite movies by any director.” - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channeled his genius for creating a mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. The result—a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside of Paris—is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds create a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr is one of cinema’s great nightmares.

Director

Carl Dreyer

Language

English Subtitles

Country

Denmark

Studio

Criterion