Directed by: E. Elias Merhige (Suspect Zero)
Starring: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier, Cary Elwes, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard
Timed to follow the Thursday Horror Picture Show screening of Nosferatu (1922), the Asheville Film Society is showing E. Elias Merhige’s Shadow of the Vampire (2001), a film that offers a very fantasticated story about Murnau (John Malkovich) making Nosferatu. The film has long held a special place for me because it was the first new release I reviewed for the Xpress to earn a full five stars—a rating I see no reason to change. The film is an imagining—that ultimately abandons any sense of reality—of Murnau making the film so chilling by casting a real vampire (Willem Dafoe) in the lead. Surprisingly funny and occasionally even a little moving, the film brilliantly blends fact, fantasy and even a sense of the actual Nosferatu within the confines of its stylish shaggy vampire story.
The Asheville Film Society will screen Shadow of the Vampire Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. Hanke is the artistic director of the Asheville Film Society.