Vampyr (1932)

This film is almost Lynch-ian in its style.

Dialogue is sparse, there are no establishing shots, and there is odd and haunting imagery, all of which combine to give a rather spooky experience.

And once again, if it hadn’t been for that handy little book, 101 Horror Movies To See Before You Die, I never would’ve known about it.

The film follows a young traveller, Allan Grey, who is faascinated by stories of the supernatural and vampires, so much so that it may impact on his actual reality.

On arriving in a small fogbound village, he becomes embroiled in a terror-filled battle against evil, in the form of the head vanmpire, his aid, the evil-looking doctor, and the limping peglegged soldier.

And yet, none of that does the film justice. Like most Lynch films it’s about the experience, even if you don’t always understand it. This film is the same, and has some wonderfully chilling sequences. Shadows walking around on their own before rejoining their physical form, a scythe carrying faceless man waiting for a boat at the river, skulls turning to follow you, lttle child like skeletons standing in corners, a friendly smile that turns decidely malevolent under a vampire’s influence.

It’s topped with a sequence in which Grey experiences his own funeral, and we see it subjectively through his eyes, which was very disturbing to me.

An interesting journey, for those of you who aren’t troubled by suggestive imagery, and lack of dialogue.

 

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