Vampyr (1932) Movie Review

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Vampyr (1932)

1932 | R | Horror, Fantasy
83 minutes / 1h 23min

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Vampyr Plot Synopsis:

Allan Gray arrives late in the evening to a secluded riverside inn in the hamlet of Courtempierre. An old man enters his room, puts a sealed parcel on the table, blurts out that some woman mustn't die, and disappears. Gray senses in this a call for help. He puts the parcel in his pocket, and goes out. Eerie shadows lead him into an old house, where he encounters a weird village doctor. The doctor receives a bottle of poison from a strange, old woman. Through the window of an old castle Grey recognizes the old man from the inn. A shadow shoots the man, who drops dead. Inside the house Grey finds his two daughters, Gisèle and Léone, and some servants. He opens the parcel, and finds an old book about vampires. Léone is seriously ill after being bitten by a vampire. Instead of helping her, the village doctor places the bottle of poison at her bedside table, and then abducts her sister Gisèle. An old servant starts reading the old book, and finds out that the vampire in Courtempierre is a dead woman called Marguerite Chopin. He goes to the cemetery, opens her grave and strikes a thick iron stick through her body. The curse is broken, Léone recovers, Grey liberates Giséle.

Vampyr (1932) Review

Vampyr (1932) is a 1h 15 min German fantasy horror cult film that was shot in Abbaye de Braye, Braye, Aisne, France; Montargis, Loiret, France; Presbytere and Oise, France. The film was based on elements from J. Sheridan Le Fanu‘s supernatural stories from In a Glass Darkly. Danish director and screenplay writer Carl Theodor Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Gertrud (1964), Ordet (1955)) did a marvelous job executing this cult classic film. Vampyr contains mysterious atmosphere throughout, minor violence, gothic horror, vampire, poison, skull and crossbones, deal with the devil, stake in the heart, serial killer, bloodsuckers, and suspense.

Viewers are warned that Vampyr is somewhat difficult to understand on its first viewing, so it is best for viewers to see this film at least twice before judging. There are some interesting images and eerie, moody atmosphere that viewers who enjoy older movies will adore. The narrative style is, however, unusual as there is not much dialogue in this black and white film.

Allan Grey (Julian West) spends a night at an inn while traveling across the countryside. It did not take long during his night at the inn for strange things to start happening including an old man entering his room mentioning that "The girl mustn’t die" and leaving a parcel that reads to only open after the old man is dead. He saw shadows that are not cast from anything/figure, but the weirder thing is that a one-legged soldier’s shadow walking across the room and… you will have to watch the movie to see what the shadow did, Allan decides to follow a few shadows to an old castle and sees the old man who had to enter his room, but the old man was on his last breath. The old man’s daughter has a severe case of anemia, and the doctors cannot help her, but maybe Allan will be able to save her after he tries to rid all of the vampires from the area. He learned about the vampires after opening the box from the old man.

Vampyr is a film that every vampire fan might not enjoy because it was eerie, haunting, unsettling and I would not classify it as a horror film because there was nothing traditionally horrific and scary in it.

  • Vampyr Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.74
  • IMDB: 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 10.0

About Vampyr 1932

Title: Vampyr
Year: 1932
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Reviewer: Score: 4 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.87/5 stars from 13,228 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13,228 MPAA Rating: R
Vampyr Cast Starring: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Jan Hieronimko, Henriette Gérard, Albert Bras, N. Babanini, Jane Mora, Georges Boidin, Henriette Gérard
Vampyr Writers: Sheridan Le Fanu, Christen Jul, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Vampyr Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Production: General Foreign Sales Corp.
Language: German
Country: Germany, France