Title: Shadow of the Vampire
Director: E. Elias Merhige
Writer: Steven Katz
Starring: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe
Music: Dan Jones
Distinctions: Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Dafoe) and Best Makeup
Synopsis: the filming of Nosferatu, with a real vampire as Max Schreck
Length: 92 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented on VHS from the library), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for story, characters and cinematography) c. 2.7/4 (Good).
Disappointing. It's a promising concept, but not especially well written. The story kind of falls apart at the end. Malkovich and Dafoe are good (although Dafoe's performance is just an imitation of Schreck), but the rest of the acting is pretty bad.