After Sir Karell Borotin is found dead in his study, drained of his blood, the local doctor determines that he was killed by a vampire. The coroner and police Inspector Neumann dismiss the suggestion but a year later, Sir Karell's daughter is attacked and bite marks are found on her throat. Neumann calls in the eminent Professor Zelin who thinks the story of vampires is true. The locals are convinced that Count Mora and his daughter Luna are the perpetrators of the crime, creatures of the night that can turn themselves into bats. There may be another solution however and the Professor sets a trap. Written by
Throughout the film, Count Mora (Bela Lugosi) has an unexplained bullet wound on his temple. In the original script, Count Mora was supposed to have had an incestuous relationship with his daughter Luna, and to have committed suicide. After filming began, however, MGM deleted references to the crime (and any remaining references may have been deleted when 20 minutes of footage was removed after the film's preview). Because director Tod Browning's previous film, Freaks (1932), had been a box office disaster, Browning was unable to object to any changes made by the studio. See more »
When Luna is walking in the foggy night, her head hits some of the fibers simulating the fog and lifts most of the misty background that surrounds her. See more »
I'm sorry gentleman and lady, but it will be best for you to stay here tonight.
Ronnie - Englishman at Inn:
Come now, my good man. You can't frighten us. We've been over your foul roads before.
Please, you do not understand. It is not the road. It is the darkness. Here, our doors are protected with bat thorns.
What is with all this bat thorn business?
It keeps them out. They're afraid of it, the demons of the castle.
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This is a nice re-working of the lost classic "London After Midnight" which
tragically perished in a fire, never to return. More a murder mystery than a horror story, "Mark of the Vampire" still has some very nice creepy moments and a fog-drenched atmosphere throughout that will make the twist ending
Irena Borotyn's father has been found dead, his body drained of blood through two small holes found upon his neck. Is it indeed the work of vampires, as the rumors through the isolated countryside insist? Or is it something else? A year after the murder, the dead man is seen wandering through the night in the
company of two hideous ghouls. Strange things begin to happen and Irena
seems to be the new target. Can Lionel Barrymore save her and solve the
mystery once and for all?
There are some absolutely gorgeous shots in this film featuring giant spider
webs, furry arachnids skittering up walls, wolves howling mournfully in the
distance and the silent presence of both Bela Lugosi and Carol Borland,
walking in perfect sync together through the misty graveyards and the crumbling castle ruins, he in his cape and she in her burial shroud. There's also a GREAT scene where Miss Borland descends from above on giant bat wings! The plot
doesn't always make a lot of sense, and at films end you discover you've been duped, but this is one of those films that should be watched for its atmosphere alone. It's so saturated with shadows and cobwebs and creepy Gothic splendor that it makes even the sunniest day feel like Halloween night.
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