In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.
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 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, he was unable to object to any changes made by the studio. See more »
Count Mora transforms from a bat into a man. If he is just an actor, he should not be able to do this. 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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Luckily, I saw this on cable instead of buying the tape. Among the interesting effects on the soundtrack, I liked the "moaning" voices -- sort of like a small church choir after eating too many hash brownies. I can understand why the ending bothered some people, but the brief closing scene shows that Lugosi had a sense of humor. I bet he was quite the charmer as a younger actor in European films.
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