Vampyr (1932)

Genres - Mystery, Fantasy, Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Gothic Film  |   Release Date - May 6, 1932 (USA - Unknown), Aug 14, 1934 (USA)  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - Germany, Denmark, France, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Vampyr ranks in many circles as one of the greatest horror films of all time. Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, the story concerns a mysterious series of killings, committed by a crone of a female vampire (Henriette Gerard). The story is told through the eyes of a holiday reveller (Julian West), who at first scoffs at the notion of a supernatural murderer, but who is eventually forced to believe that there are more things in heaven and earth. Dreyer offers few explanations of the phenomena he presents on screen: the strange and frightening happenings just happen, as casually as any everyday occurrence. As was his custom, Dreyer mostly uses nonprofessionals in his cast. Vampyr is available in a wide variety of severely edited and duped versions.




vampire, bloodsucker, castle, killing-spree, serial-killer, undead, skepticism


High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance