Film Flashback: Mark of the Vampire
Old school vampire movies should never be forgotten, so today weâre taking another trip to the past to check out one of these beloved classics. Todayâs movie pick is âMark of the Vampire,â a 1935 Tod Browning film staring the legendary BÃ©la Lugosi, as well as Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Lionel Atwill and Jean Hersholt.
âMark of the Vampireâ is actually a remake of Browningâs 1927 silent classic, âLondon After Midnight.â This remake was intended to be Browningâs comeback since he hadnât directed since his 1932 film âFreaksâ (which was a box-office disaster) and was eager to make another major hit equal to his 1931 âDracula.â Now, while many may not have heard of âMark of the Vampireâ most consider it greatly superior to âDraculaâ due to its fast pace, greatly improved performances, and its perfectly chilling and macabre mood.
The film follows the events after Sir Karellâs murder. He is found dead with two tiny pinpoint wounds on his neck, which of course, suggest that a vampire did it. Baron Otto and Dr. Doskil are convinced of this, while the police inspector from Prague refuses to believe it. Enter in Professor Zelen, a man who specializes in the occult. Zelen tries to convince him that a dead count and his wife walk among the living and that they are threatening both Karell’s daughter and her fiancÃ©, along with everyone else in the terrified village. While preventing their deaths, some big secrets are revealed surrounding the circumstances of Sir Karell’s death.
Audiences at the time were disappointed by the ending of âMark of the Vampire,â for they had fallen in love with the supernatural Dracula. On top of that, the film is only an hour long due to some serious editing (reportedly due to incestuous scenes). But either way, itâs a classic vampire flick loved by many.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).