Carl Theodore Dryer's 1932 exercise in nearly silent black-and-white horror, loosely derived from J. Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla," screens courtesy of the CineFamily. This is quite unlike a typical vampire film; in fact, it was conceived as a more subtle answer to the 1931 DRACULA starrring Bela Lugosi. Reportedly, Dryer began the film as a silent movie, then decided to add a soundtrack midway through, which is why the dialogue plays such a relatively unimportant role. In way way, the film is less interested in chilling your blood than in messing with your mind. Moody, hypnotic, and dream, VAMPYR is one of the most well-regarded films in the history of the genre, but whether it lives up to its reputation is another matter. Why not see it and decide for yourself?
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