A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Comic but scary vampire scenes, characters killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity, scenes of decadence.
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Brief strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters abuse alcohol and drugs, scene of morphine-induced hysteria.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite Shadow of the Vampire's comic and satiric tone, there are some creepy vampire moments. Schreck drinks a bat's blood. There are some decadent performers in a nightclub, and some characters use drugs and behave in a manner that may be very upsetting. There's brief nudity and some strong language. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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