From the archive
This film was last shown on 22 May 2022
In a remote village in France, traveller Allan Gray arrives at a countryside inn seemingly beckoned by otherworldly forces. As he grows closer to the family who reside there, Gray is faced with increasingly disturbing interactions between the dead and the living, of ghostly lore and demonology; ultimately, Gray is pulled into an unsettling and upsetting mystery.
A mesmerizing exploration into the world of the occult and supernatural, Vampyr is one of cinema’s great nightmares. Released in 1932, it was Danish director Carl Dreyer’s first foray into sound and was shot entirely on location in Courtempierre, with stunning camera and editing tricks creating a mood of dreamlike terror. One described by Hitchcock as “the only film worth watching… twice,” Vampyr’s cinematic legacy is immeasurable; the surrealist terrors of Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali and David Lynch are heavily indebted to this masterwork of the horror genre.
- Carl Dreyer
- France, Germany
- 1 hour 13 minutes
- Julian West, Sybille Schmitz
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