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(Review originally written at 4 October 2004)

"Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" might very well be one of the best horror movies every made. "Shadow of the Vampire" gives a fun look on why this movie was so successful; Main player Max Schreck was a real vampire...

Many people seem to forget that this movie should be looked upon as a comedy rather than as a drama/horror movie. It's not really an 'haha' comedy but more of a fun comedy, with an excellent fun story.

The movie mostly relies on the characters and the actors. John Malkovich is as always a solid leading man. Willem Dafoe got the most credit for his role (also an Oscar nomination) although I don't think that's completely fair, because it's mainly the make-up (also nominated for an Oscar) that makes the character work, not the actor per se, although of course that doesn't mean that Dafoe did a bad job! The supporting cast consists out of some good actors such as Udo Kier, Cary Elwes and Catherine McCormack.

It's fun to see the story of "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" told from a newly and interesting point of view with a strong story and some fun and entertaining moments. All of the "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" shooting scene's should be very recognizable and fun to see for those who have seen this classic horror movie and it makes this movie a great tribute to the over 80 years old classic "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens".

I don't know, maybe you have to be a bit of a movie buff to fully appreciate this movie but anyway I liked it and found this fun movie highly recommendable!

8/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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