Saturday, May 21, 2022

Film Spotlight: Vampyr

Disclosure: I was given access to this film for reviewing purposes and received no payment. All opinions are my own.

 

Vampyr
Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

  

A brand new 2K restoration of one of the finest and most mysterious of all horror films, Carl Th. Dreyer’s Vampyr, was released in cinemas (UK & Ireland) by Eureka Entertainment on 20th May 2022 and will be available on Blu-ray (for the first time in the UK),  from 30th May 2022, as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a Limited Edition set of 3000 copies featuring a hardbound slipcase & 100-page collector’s booklet. Vampyr is celebrating its 90th anniversary!

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

 
This horror classic tells the story of an occult-obsessed student's visit to a small French village, as he is drawn into the unsettling mystery around a stricken family's struggle with dark forces.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The film is deliciously atmospheric and serves up a fantastical display of the supernatural interwoven with truly eerie moments. The cinematography is very well done and just adds such texture to the viewing experience. I found the film to be incredibly entertaining and engaging, as a fan of classic horror films! It's truly spooky. I really enjoyed it! 


 
The LIMITED-EDITION BLU-RAY (3000 COPIES) FEATURES:

Hardbound Slipcase | All-new 2K digital restoration of the German version by the Danish Film Institute, completed in 2020 after an extensive decade-long restoration process, with uncompressed mono soundtrack | Optional unrestored audio track | Two audio commentaries: one by critic and programmer Tony Rayns; the second by filmmaker and Vampyr fan Guillermo del Toro | Visual essay by scholar Casper Tybjerg on Dreyer’s Vampyr influences | New video interview with author and critic Kim Newman on Vampyr's unique place within vampire cinema | Two new video interviews with music and cultural historian David Huckvale on the film's score and its adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu | Carl Th. Dreyer (1966) – a documentary by Jörgen Roos | Two deleted scenes, removed by the German censor in 1932 | The Baron – a short MoC documentary about Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg | Optional English subtitles | A 100-PAGE BOOK - featuring rare production stills, location photography, posters, the 1932 Danish film programme, a 1964 interview with Baron Nicolas de Gunzberg (producer and actor "Allan Gray"), an essay by Dreyer on film style, and writing by Tom Milne, Jean and Dale Drum, and film restorer Martin Koerber | *All extras subject to change.


To find VAMPYR 90th Anniversary Screenings near you, visit  www.vampyr90.co.uk


Have a look at the VAMPYR 90th Anniversary Official Theatrical Trailer below:

https://youtu.be/acZJwgwmk4w

The VAMPYR Limited Edition Blu-ray available to order from the Eureka Store https://eurekavideo.co.uk/movie/vampyr-limited-edition-box-set-3000-copies/



Saturday, April 16, 2022

Saturday - Easter Weekend

Happy Saturday!
 
Just checking in to share a couple of photos depicting a bit of Saturday around the Yellow House.
 
Hubby and I took a walk this morning and this lovely little yellow flower caught my eye...well of course it would...it goes along with the yellow theme around the Yellow House 😉
 
It's actually a dandelion flower I think, which is more of a weed to some, but it's still a lovely color yellow and a flower nonetheless. 
 

Yellow flower

 

Lunch today was lovely and refreshing, especially on this Easter weekend. I made some delicious sandwiches for hubby and me. This was an off the cuff creation just using what was in the refrigerator. It turned out delicious!!! 

 Sandwich

The ingredients for my Saturday sandwich:

  • cucumber
  • onion
  • watercress/rocket (arugula) mixed greens
  • olives
  • cheese
  • chili flavored hummus
  • mayo
  • brown bread


In a world with a lot of heaviness, we must make room for some of the simple joys of life also. So, here's to beautiful yellow flowers and delicious sandwiches!

Happy Saturday! Happy Easter Weekend! 💮

Friday, March 18, 2022

Film Spotlight: Nosferatu 100th Anniversary

 


One hundred years ago, the ground-breaking film Nosferatu was released and with its debut, it cemented its place in history and defined screen terror. The 1922 film continues to haunt audiences until this day.


There was a court order to destroy the film due to the wishes of Bram Stoker’s widow, as she saw Nosferatu as an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She was successful in bringing the court order, however, some copies escaped destruction. As a result, some of the defining images of 20th century supernatural terror have survived. A decades-long search for the best surviving material and a re-recording of the original score by Hans Erdmann now allows us to see the film exactly as it premiered 100 years ago.


 

Nosferatu was directed by F.W. Murnau and features Max Schreck's unforgettable performance as the vampire Count Orlok. The actor gives a masterful and chilling portrayal through his cadaverous appearance, his movement, and his demeanour.




The story revolves around real estate agent Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) and his wife Ellen (Greta Schröder). Hutter is sent to visit a new client, Count Orlok, who is interested in buying the house directly across the street from Hutter and his wife. On his travels, Hutter stops at an inn and when he mentions Count Orlok, the locals are beside themselves with fear. The reaction of the locals provides foreshadowing of the danger that awaits Hutter in dealing with Count Orlok. 


As a viewer and one who loves a spooky film, I thoroughly enjoyed this classic movie! The film had a continuously ghostly feel to it. The shadows and light played off each other exquisitely. As we watch this film, we get to see a film genre being created. This is the blueprint of horror films. 

There were several startling moments in the film, but I think that my favorite scene was when Count Orlok stood in the doorway, and he seemed to perfectly fill the space. He looked ominous. The doorway was tall with a pointed top, which mirrored Count Orlok’s tall frame and his slightly pointed head. This is the defining scene for me of this film and one that I will always recall when I think of Nosferatu. You can definitely sense that this is one of the most iconic moments in film. It was absolutely chilling!


In celebration of the centenary, Nosferatu will be returning to cinemas in the UK & Ireland throughout 2022.  

Screenings will be announced via www.nosferatu100.co.uk

NOSFERATU 100th Anniversary Trailer https://youtu.be/npxhdRMYHy0