A creepy, clever, film buff's delight of a fantasy on the theme of NOSFERATU,
E. Elias Merhige's film is thoroughly unafraid of its intense film geekness.
The year is 1921, and flamboyant German filmmaker F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich)
is making a vampire movie, an unauthorized version of Bram Stoker's
. He's already shot interiors in a Berlin studio, but now plans
to take his cast and crew to a distant island location, a radical departure
from silent filmmaking practice. Producer Albin Grau (Udo Kier) and scripter
Henrick Galeen (Aden Gillett) think it's a waste of resources, but location
shooting is the least of Murnau's s...