Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Love for the Vampyr

As many of you probably know, I love horror films. I also love anything, from shows to stories to films, that involve vampires. My love for vampires increased even more due to Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr (1932).

The film follows a young traveller, Allan Grey, during his visit to an old inn in a European village. During the night, a strange old man wanders into his room and leaves a package with a note that it is not to be opened until he, the old man, has died. Later on, Allan witnesses the elderly man's murder, which prompts him to open the parcel the man left behind in his possession. What he finds in the package is proof to the existence of vampires and that one of them is on the loose, which means that no one is safe. How long will it be until the vampire strikes again?

I love Vampyr because of its grainy cinematography, editing tricks, and haunting score create a dreamlike and eerie tone of terror right from the beginning. I love horror films like this. It's more psychologically terrifying than 'scare you to death with jumpy moments and gallons of bloody gore' terrifying. It's definitely not your typical vampire film. Watch it and see for yourself.


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