Jan. 9th, 2014

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"Gods and Monsters" and "Shadow of the Vampire" are both tributes to old horror directors. The first stars Ian McKellan as James Whale, the director of the classic Universal Frankenstein movies. The second stars John Malkovich as Friedrich Mullan, the director of the silent classic "Nosferatu".


Gods And Monsters (1998)

Ian McKellan is just great isn't he? Whether he's playing Magneto, Gandalf or Richard III, he is always brilliant. Here he plays James Whale, the director of the classic Universal Frankenstein movies. We see Whale here towards the end of his life, if anything feeling a little embarrassed by his Frankenstein legacy which seems to be the only thing anyone wants to talk to him about.

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Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Shadow of the Vampire stars John Malkovich as Friedrich Murnau, the director of "Nosferatu" and Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck. The film takes seriously a rumour from the time that Max Schreck was as effective in the movie as he was because he was actually a real live vampire.



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If anyone here is unfamiliar with Eddie Izzard as a stand-up comedian (as if!) then what better introduction than Eddie Izzard talking about horror movies and, of course, Dracula!


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