Parents' Guide to

Shadow of the Vampire

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Vampire satire has some creepy moments.

Movie R 2001 92 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Alternative history movie is interesting!

This film has a very limited audience...what casual moviegoer is going to rush out to see a fictional behind the scenes story about a 1922 silent movie? However, being a movie buff, it appealed to me, and it seemed creative! It was, and the hype about Willem Dafoe's role as Max Shreck is so much fun to watch, he just gets lost in it, playing a vampire playing an actor playing a vampire, it's pretty meta! The cinematography is interesting, and the makeup of course on Dafoe is incredible. It's an homage to the original "Nosferatu" and to silent movies in general, and even though I wanted a little more from it, it is an original and interesting film in the vampire genre!
age 17+

Vile and Sadistic, Utterly without any Redeeming Value

I am usually the sort that yawns at violence in movies, but I thought the scene toward the end of this movie where the vampire murders a woman was incredibly violent and disturbing. I would call it a kind of pornographic violence for people who like to see women dying in a violent and sadistic manner. I am also shocked that you do not mention this in your 'need to know' up above. Instead you talk about it being "satiric, comic, and creepy." I don't quite see how any of those descriptions fit the vile ending of this movie and I think many parents will be shocked and feel mislead by this unbelievable description of this disgusting movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The highlight of Shadow of the Vampire is Dafoe's performance as Schreck. Unrecognizable under all the make-up, he manages to be witty, menacing, charming, and even sympathetic. Malkovich has the intensity for Murnau and is excellent shouting his direction to his cast and crew. English comedian Eddie Izzard is fine as the leading man. The art direction is superb, especially when we see them filming and the picture fades into a re-creation of the black and white original.

The movie has some witty jabs at filmmakers of all eras. Murnau responds to one crisis by saying that "It may be advantageous because it makes the crew very edgy and I like that," and there is a very funny exchange with Schreck about which members of the crew may be expendable. It makes some good points, but ultimately just stops rather than ends.

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