Based on Sheridan Le Fanu's novel In a Glass Darkly and shot in France using real locations, Vampyr is one of the first psychological horror films. Helped by a dream-like logic, the film takes its main character on a voyage through light and darkness to a point where he can imagine his own burial (disturbingly shot from a subjective point of view). With the help of Rudolph Maté's luminous photography, Dreyer creates a film of great beauty. Often the close-ups are particularly haunting, but the main achievement is the correctness of each shot, and their relationship to each other; notably, in the climactic juxtapositions of the trapped doctor being buried alive in the mill, and of the young couple in a boat, inching their way to safety through the fog.
Cast and crew
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer, Christen Jul
Maurice Schutz Rena Mandel Julian West Nicolas de Gunzburg Sybille Schmitz Henriette Gérard Jan Hieronimko