Vampyr

Vampyr

Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1932 • France, West Germany

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 is one of cinema's great nightmares.

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Vampyr
  • Vampyr

    Directed by Carl Th. Dreyer • 1932 • France, West Germany

    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 ...

Extras

  • VAMPYR Commentary

    Recorded in 2008, this commentary features film scholar Tony Rayns.

  • English-Text Version

    Director Carl Dreyer relied heavily on text that fills the frame in VAMPYR, and subtitles can be hard to see when overlaid on that text. Thus, Criterion, taking care to hew as closely to the look of the original as possible, prepared a version of the film in which the on-screen text has been digi...

  • Guillermo del Toro on VAMPYR

  • Carl Th. Dreyer

    Jørgen Roos, one of Denmark’s preeminent documentarians, directed this account of the career of Carl Dreyer in 1966.

  • Casper Tybjerg Video Essay

    In this 2008 program, Casper Tybjerg, a Carl Dreyer scholar and professor at the University of Copenhagen, shows the research and influences Dreyer drew upon to create VAMPYR. Using archival still images, clips, and scenes censored by the German authorities, Tybjerg elucidates the inner workings ...

  • Dreyer Radio Broadcast

    Cinema scholar Gideon Bachmann broadcast this recording of director Carl Dreyer reading an essay on film during a 1958 episode of “The Film Art,” Bachmann’s radio program on New York’s WBAI.