Vampyr (1932) – Carl Theodor Dreyer’s horror classic

Projected Perspectives


The first thing that came to my mind after watching this hypnotic and unsettling film is the Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, “The only thing to fear is…fear itself”. Here’s a horror film that may be considered tame by  today’s standards. Many youngsters today have grown so accustomed to the blood-soaked, jump scare-laden or torture porn horror films of today that they might overlook some of the finer and subtle aspects  of films like Vampyr that make them stand out among the other films in the genre. The film is Dreyer’s first sound film but there is very little dialogue.

Based on elements  from Sheridan Le Fanu’s short story collection In a Glass Darkly, The story concerns a young man named Allan Grey (played by Julian West, who is also the producer), a student of the Occult travelling through France. His journey takes him to a village called Courtempierre where he books a room at an…

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