Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dafoe Casts Gleeful 'Shadow'.

Byline: The Dark JONATHAN RICHARDS For the Journal

In his twilight years, sitting around the old actors' home, Willem Dafoe is not going to have to complain, "I never got to really go over the top." As Max Schreck, the ghoulish actor who created the unforgettable vampire in F.W. Murnau's silent classic "Nosferatu" (1922), Dafoe pulls out all the stops, and he does it with a cackling, irresistible glee that goes straight for the jugular.

"Shadow of the Vampire" is writer Steven Katz and director E. Elias Merhige's riff on the making of "Nosferatu," the first vampire movie and still the creepiest. You get a bit of a history lesson with the price of admission; up to a point the movie draws on the facts of that landmark production. …

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