The movie Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is a horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven Katz. The film is a fictionalized account of the making of the classic silent film Nosferatu (1922). The story follows the director of the film, F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich), as he hires an unknown actor named Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe) to play the role of the vampire Count Orlok. Unknown to the rest of the cast and crew, Schreck is actually a real vampire who is preying on the cast.
- John Malkovich as F.W. Murnau
- Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck
- Cary Elwes as Fritz Arno Wagner
- Catherine McCormack as Greta Schroeder
- Eddie Izzard as Gustav von Wangenheim
- Udo Kier as Albin Grau
- The movie Shadow of the Vampire (2000) is a fictionalized account of the making of the classic silent film Nosferatu (1922).
- The film was shot in Luxembourg and Germany.
- The movie was a critical success, receiving two Academy Award nominations.
- Shadow of the Vampire has been praised for its unique take on the vampire genre and its strong performances.