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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
 
Average Rating
7.00 /10
 
Starring
Julian West (pseudonym for Baron Nicholas de Gunsberg, who financed the film), Sybille Schmitz
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Directed by: Carl Theodore Dreyer
Written by: Christen Jul, Carl Dreyer from Sheridan le Fanuís novel Carmilla

 
 
 
Released: 1931
   
Genre: HORROR
SILENT
FOREIGN
IMPORTANT
   
Origin: France/ Germany
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 65
 
 


 
A young man (Julian West) suspects that he is threatened by vampires, and dreams his own death.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Although there is insufficient plot to sustain its length, and modern audiences expect more shocks, the stunning camerawork by Rudolph Mate and Louis Nee makes this a masterpiece of the silent era - and the use of a subjective camera predates John Carpenterís Halloween by almost half a century. The film builds up horror through creating unease in the audience, and the sequence where the hero dreams of being buried alive is terrifying. Dreyer is best known for his sombre meditations on faith and salvation; and - beneath the horror film trappings - this is all about his favourite themes.


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