Directed by Carl T Dreyer
Live accompaniment by Laura Sgroi
“One of Cinema’s greatest nightmares”
"I wanted to create a waking dream on screen and show that horror is not to be found in the things around us but in our own subconscious,” said Danish film-maker Carl Theodor Dreyer, who loosely adapted Sheridan Le Fanu's two stories, Carmilla and The Room in the Dragon Volant, for the film. His use of shadows, light and atmosphere create a disturbing film, one that seems to constantly be in a state between dream and reality. Vampyr was made early in the development of sound technology and the aesthetics of the film are dedicated to the silent epoch. We return it to its natural silent film state with live music. The dialogue was minimal at best, and with English subtitling, nothing is lost.
Plus: The Fall of the House of Usher 1928
Directed by James S Watson & Melville Weber
With nods to Caligari, Der Golem and Faust, this avant-garde ode to German Expressionism is a fantastical montage of imagery designed to encapsulate the claustrophobia and instability in Poe’s classic morbid tale.