Horror Movies For October #22

Today we travel to Germany via France in between wars with  Carl Theodor Dreyer‘s 1932 “Vampyr“. As one of the original talkies it was plagued with many production issues and was panned by most critics at the time of its release. Uncomfortable with the new media of sound, it resembles a silent film with title cards used more often than dialogue.
Today it is viewed very favorably and made Number 50 in Time Out magazines 2010 poll of folks in the horror industries top 100 horror films. Surreal, atmospheric and creepy, it’s a spot it deserves.


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2 Responses to Horror Movies For October #22

  1. thelid53@comcast.net says:

    Peace Skip,

    Thank you.

    “Vampyre” is a splendid choice from the classical era of horror filmmaking.

    Though I haven’t seen it in decades, I recall its narrative style is unusual: disjoint, discursive, discordant; all in keeping with its otherworldly subject matter.

    While its pacing is slow, glacial sometimes, its velocity is appropriate, in

    my ledger; for setting its mood-meter variously to eerie, nightmarish,

    spellbinding, supernatural, surreal, unnerving.

    Its dearth of dialogue rings my chimes because I’m partial to cinema

    that relies on sounds other than spoken words or no sound at all to

    convey the atmospheric conditions and set the tone in which the story transpires.

    With what I’ve learned about story-telling in general and film in particular since I

    saw “Vampyre” so long ago, I’m anticipating a novel experience when I revisit

    this one before this century is out.



  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Dryer is one of the masters of the cinema. Regards Thom.

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