After being denied the right to film an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, director F.W. Murnau decides that he will film the adaptation anyway by just changing the names of the characters and the title of the film. To bring this film to life, he manages to create one of the most nightmarish vampires ever to appear on screen, Count Orlok. He hires a man named Max Shreck to play the vampire, but little does everyone know that the reason for this actor’s such accurate portrayal of a vampire is because he truly is a vampire.
F.W. Murnau has just been denied the right to film Dracula, so he goes ahead with it anyway. He has started filming before anyone has even seen the man who will play Count Orlok. After the first day of filming, Murnau and his producer, Albin, leave to meet the man who will play the vampire. Once the vampire has been casted, filming continues. Max Shreck insists on being called Count Orlok and will only be seen in character. Everything is going good, that is until the actors and film crew start to disappear by the hands of Count Orlok. Now, Murnau must finish his film before this vampire destroys everything he has put into it.
Shadow of the Vampire is a fictitious account of the actual filming of Nosferatu. We get some truly unique scenes as well as a look at the way early film was made. The acting in this film is very well done with John Malkovich playing F.W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe as the vampire. The plays more like a documentary with a bit of comedy. Overall, if you’re a fan of the original Nosferatu film, I recommend you checking this movie out for a somewhat of a spoof of what happened. Even if you aren’t a fan of Nosferatu, this would be worth seeing just to see how early film was made. I give this movie an 8 out of 10.