Vampyr
Vampyr DVD - 2008 | German

The Summer 2019 Vampire Movie Revue crosses many waters & travels back almost a century for this German film directed by an accomplished Dane & set in the spooky French countryside. Much of the vampire narrative was relegated to expository text from a mysterious old book, with close-ups of the pages interspersed with moody, slow scenes of malaise & dread. I was surprised to find that what you'd currently see on cable TV in terms of the habits of vampires & the proper means of their disposal was very recognizable here, although interestingly an iron stake & not a wooden one was prescribed for impaling & killing the revenant where it slept. My favorite sequence & something that set this film apart was Allan Gray's visionary fugue state where he spends quite some time experiencing his own death, & in many ways the entire work is a kind of memento mori. Given this director's talent & style, it's a beautiful & effective one.

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