Release date: 1990
Let me ask you a question. How would you feel if you knew that someone had try to remake Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr? I suppose the answer to that would pretty much depend on whether you had seen Vampyr and whether Dreyer’s dreamlike masterwork of cinema had impacted you.
That said, if you haven’t and it hadn’t then this will not make a huge amount of sense as a film. If you have, you’d be forgiven for asking what the Hell was the filmmaker thinking and why did he throw in a(n almost modest) homage to Jess Franco for no adequately explored reason.
|Cathy Seyler as Marguerite Chopin|
|blowing the lid of the tomb|
|donning the mask|
|a modest shot of the girl in cape|
|vampires with goblet|
I’d like to think that any criticism I have of this is down to its poor quality, rather than a pretentious defence of Dreyer’s work. Clearly one cannot help but compare, when a film is a remake, and had any of the changes been an improvement (in actuality or theoretically) I’d have said so. Trying to remake the work of one of cinema’s greats is never going to be a wise move unless you too are a true auteur. 2 out of 10 – sheer audacity has to get a couple of marks. The imdb page is here.