VAMPYR

VAMPYR

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Ben Hall returns playing organ to accompany Carl Dreyer’s classic creepy chiller.

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With ‘Vampyr’, Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer channelled his genius for creating mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, unsettling imagery into the horror genre. Dreyer turned to an English author: Sheridan le Fanu and his novel ‘Carmilla’. The result a chilling film about a student of the occult who encounters supernatural haunts and local evildoers in a village outside Paris is nearly unclassifiable. A host of stunning camera and editing tricks creates a mood of dreamlike terror. With its roiling fogs, ominous scythes, and foreboding echoes, ‘Vampyr’ is one of cinema's greatest nightmares. This was originally a very early sound film, but was virtually made as a silent film with little dialogue (with English subtitles).

This was the first film to receive an 'H' certificate in the UK, for "Horrific: Films which are likely to frighten or horrify children under the age of 16 years". A lot of it doesn’t make a great deal of sense, but how many nightmares do? Deemed by Alfred Hitchcock ‘the only film worth watching… twice’, ‘Vampyr’s influence has become, by now, incalculable. Released in the UK for the first time in a restored version, and we present it as a silent film with original live organ accompaniment created by Ben Hall. Prepare to be chilled!

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