Film Info: Vampyr

Vampire, The (Vampyr)

Vampire, The
Scene from "The Vampire" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The young David Gray arrives late one evening at an isolated castle. The spookiness of the environment makes a strong impression on him and is the source of a strange dream. He dreams that a vampire, in the form of an old woman, has transformed the village doctor and his assistant into her faithful servants. The vampire is actually a dead woman who, because of her meanness during her lifetime, can find no peace among the dead and sucks the blood out of the living. After mysterious deaths and attempted suicides plague the village, Gray and the elderly castle servant, Leone, who is under the vampire’s spell, read about vampires and find out exactly who the old woman was, Marguerite Chopin. They open her grave and drive an arrow through her heart, thus destroying the vampire’s powers. Leone is saved, but the doctor and his assistant must pay for their evil deeds with their lives.


Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in 1889 and died in 1968. He worked as a journalist and scriptwriter before he began directing during the 1920s in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany and France. His films include: Die Pastorenwitwe (1920), Die Gezeichneten (1922), Die Braut von Glomdale (1925), La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1927), The Vampire (Vampyr, 1932), and Zwei Menschen (1944), among others.
Genre Horror, Psycho Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1932
Director Carl Theodor Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Theodor Dreyer, Christen Jul
Cinematography Rudolph Maté, Louis Née
Wolfgang Zeller
Hermann Warm, Cesare Silvagni
Cast Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Jan Hieronimko, Henriette Gérard, Albert Bras, Jane Mora
Producers Nicholas de Gunzburg, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Production Company Carl Theodor Dreyer Film/Paris
Length 83 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Dubbed Versions English, German, French
Original Version
 Silent
Sound Technology Mono
German Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen/Berlin

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