The first great film in cinema history about a serial killer came from Fritz Lang.
With the arrival of a new month, new and old films arrive in droves on streaming services. Among so many, there is one that shines with its own light: M, the Vampire of Düsseldorf, one of the best thrillers in the history of cinema, which can be seen on the services Looke, À La Carte, and for free with ads on Net Movies.
In M, the Vampire of Düsseldorf, Fritz Lang explores the sinister story of a girl killer and how the city enters a kind of collective psychosis that makes anyone suspicious. As a result, many citizens are willing to do unimaginable things to put an end to the threat posed by the character played in an extraordinary way by Peter Lorre, who knew how to make the most of his first important role on the big screen. Also note the unbeatable use of a famous musical theme to underline his appearances, thus associating the viewer with imminent danger.
An unquestionable wonder
From the beginning, it is clear that M, the Vampire of Düsseldorf is a unique film, as it is wonderful how it manages to convey the chill of the first crime we see in a way that is as subtle as it is terrifying. Later, Lang would use several German Expressionist resources to shape a story inspired by several real murderers from the 1920s, but without, as some claim, focusing specifically on the figure of Peter Kürten.
All of this served to give rise to what is probably the first great serial killer film in the history of cinema, and it is surprising that it does not fall into the temptation of demonizing Lorre’s character. In fact, its sensational final stretch makes it clear that it is possible to be a monster in a completely different way than the film’s great protagonist.
It’s clear that M, the Vampire of Düsseldorf is a perfect choice for Halloween, as its ability to impress remains intact despite not being a horror film.
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