Vampyr (1932) Rated NR

A drifter who is obsessed with the supernatural finds himself at a hotel where a girl is slowly turning into a vampire. Starring Julian West, Maurice Schutz, and Rena Mandel.

This film, I’m sure, would have been wonderful at its first screening. Now, however, the film has been partially lost and has been cut with various other copies to help patch it together. I got to see the German version. The film is shot in a very similar way as others during that same time period, using shadows and imagery. At times, it is hard to follow, especially since the drifter meets all kinds of personalities at the hotel. At the time the film was made, the drifter may have been perceived as wonderfully performed, but I found his performance stiff. It’s not a bad film, but it isn’t one of the best. However, it’s still worth a watch for the classic shooting.

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