The filming of Nosferatu is hampered by accidents, all of which are connected to the strangely eccentric actor playing the vampire.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Directed by E. Elias Merhige
Written by Steven Katz
Starring John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier,
Eddie Izzard, Cary Elwes, Catherine McCormack
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe),
Shadow of the Vampire was one of those films that had a genius premise, started off great, and then ended poorly. While the performances are great, the film does get a little lost in its own narrative near the end.
I also didn't care for the fact that once again, the vampire's ultimate goal was a woman. This seems to be the go-to master plan for vampires and I was really hoping for something different. Of course, the unoriginal plot points do not take away from Willem Dafoe's incredible performance as Max Schreck.
In the end, Shadow of the Vampire had its moments but suffered because of uninspired ideas and a lack of explanation for the bizarre ending. I do recommend it to fans of vampire fiction, but horror fans will find themselves disappointed.