Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tonight's Viewing: Vampyr (1932)
Today is apparently World Goth Day, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to watch the spooky and nightmarish Criterion Collection restoration of Carl Dreyer's Vampyr from 1932.
The film uses shadows, eerie images and camera/editing tricks (very inventive for their time and still extremely effective today) to create visual dissonance and a strong uneasiness in the viewer. Tonight was my first viewing of the film (it has been on my must-see list for a long, long time!) and just within the first few minutes I was completely enthralled by its strange and sinister beauty.
Vampyr is often listed as one of the scariest/best horror films ever made, though in my opinion it is underrated and unfortunately overshadowed by other other surreal horror films of that era. It shouldn't be missed, though, especially fans of bizarre and artistic horror films.
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