Shadow of the Vampire

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Vampire satire has some creepy moments.

R 2001 92 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

not rated for age

Based on 1 review

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Community 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!

This title has:

Too much sex
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.

This title has:

Too much violence

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For kids who love vampires

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