Fright Club: Vampyr (1932)
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer Run Time: 74 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1932
Starring: Jan Hieronimko, Maurice Schutz, Nicolas de Gunzburg, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz
Country: Germany, France
About the film:
With Vampyr, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer’s brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery (The Passion of Joan of Arc and Day of Wrath) was for once applied to the horror genre. Yet the result—concerning an occult student assailed by various supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris—is nearly unclassifiable, a host of stunning camera and editing tricks and densely layered sounds creating a mood of dreamlike terror.
With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, Vampyr, one of cinema’s great nightmares, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year.