Still from Vampyr

Friday, 31 October 2014: Vampyr

Friday, 31 October 2014, 20:00

Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)

Programme category: Forest Row Film Society

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Germany / France 1932, 70 mins, PG

“To watch Vampyr is to be transported back to a time when cinema was the youngest and potentially most revolutionary art form in human history, when a film could be single-handedly financed from someone outside the industry and its premiere could literally cause a riot. It’s a rich, strange wonder to be viewed again and again. But perhaps not alone on a dark and stormy night.” Eye For Film

When student Allen Grey arrives in a remote village he discoveres that it is under the spell of a female vampire. At the centre of events is the castle where young Leone is living, unaware she is a victim of the vampire. Grey sets out to break the spell and has experiences terrifying hallucinations, including of his own death.

The first half of a double bill with Night of the Demon. Special discounted tickets are available if you want to see both films.

“If you’ve never seen a Carl Dreyer film and wonder why many critics,…regard him as possibly the greatest of all filmmakers, this chilling horror fantasy is the perfect place to begin to understand.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Further reading

  1. Eye For Film
  2. Filmthreat
  3. Filmreference