Day 12 of my Horror Film Marathon
October 12, 2010
Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)
I saw this one back when it was released, and it just happened to be on cable last night. It's the story of the making of the classic silent film, Nosferatu, except the actor portraying the Count Dracula-like role really IS a vampire. Willem Dafoe is great as Max Schreck / Count Orlok. In the film, director F.W. Murnau - played by John Malkovich - makes a pact with Schreck to be in his movie, in exchange for a prize: the lead actress in Nosferatu, Greta Schroeder. Schreck has a hard time 'behaving,' and causes all kinds of problems. :)
This film is partially based on a legend that the real Max Schreck was a real vampire and only acted in one film, however, he had many roles before and after the original Nosferatu.
Be sure to watch this one.