Nosferatu / Vampyr

Movie Information

In Brief: As the Asheville Film Society/Thursday Horror Picture Show continues its month-long celebration of the horror genre, it's time for the first of three double features: F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu and Carl Theodor Dryer's Vampyr. Murnau's Nosferatu, called by Ken Hanke "the stuff legends and nightmares and lawsuits are made of," is one of the earliest vampire films ever made, and still one of the creepiest. An unsanctioned adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, this film has influenced everyone from Werner Herzog to Tobe Hooper to Tim Burton. The modern horror genre would likely not exist as it does were it not for Nosferatu. Dreyer's Vampyr is a very different film about a very similar subject, taking the vampire mythos established in Stoker's novel and exploring it through a unique dream logic that proves more disconcerting and discomfiting than basically anything that's been put on screen since. You can come for either, but you'll have to stay for both if you want to argue with me about which is creepier!
Genre: Horror
Director: F. W. Murnau / Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder / Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel
Rated: NR

The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Nosferatu and Vampyr on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9:15 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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