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The Vampires: Dead Man's Escape (1916)
"Les vampires: L'évasion du mort" (original title)

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Jean Aymé ...
Baron de Mortesaigues
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Philippe Guérande
Marcel Lévesque ...
Oscar Mazamette
Fernand Herrmann ...
Moréno / Brichonnet
Thelès ...
Juge d'instruction
Musidora ...
Irma Vep (as Mlle. Musidora)
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Ch. 5
21 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Moreno allegedly commits suicide. Creepy, blue-tinted scene of him slowly sitting up in his darkened jail cell, with a white sheet over his body proves that the act was a ruse, and he escapes jail the following morning, after attacking a guard. (That would be the "dead man's escape" of the title)

Insomniac Mazamette spies him escaping in the night and goes after him, unsuccessfully. The next morning, it is discovered that Moreno escaped.

Phillipe (or rather, an obvious dummy) is later kidnapped by les Vampires, and manages to escape, in a scene too comical for this type of escape. Moreno later confronts Phillipe and ultimately captures him again, threatening his life, unless Phillipe gives them information about their rival gang.

This chapter climaxes well, with a murder/ robbery of the attendees at a ball at midnight that evening, with Les Vampires stealing all of their valuables, only to have them stolen by Moreno.

This chapter, the first to be released in 1916, is an improvement over the overly busy fourth chapter, but goes on a bit too log, even at only 35 minutes.

"Could we imagine a more horrifying scene than one of a bandit awakening from a lethargic sleep and lunging at an unfortunate night watchman's throat?"


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