Mark of the Vampire (1935)



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Mark of the Vampire is Tod Browning's remake of his own 1927 thriller London After Midnight, which unfortunately no longer exists. The sudden appearance of ghostly vampires in a remote mittel-European community is seemingly tied in with an old, unsolved murder case. Police inspector Neumann (Lionel Atwill) and occult expert Prof. Zelen (Lionel Barrymore) investigate, with the full cooperation of leading citizen Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt). For awhile, it looks as though the vampires -- Count Mora … More

Rating: G
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
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Written By: Bernard Schubert, Guy Endore-Kaiser, Guy Endore
MGM Home Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for Mark of the Vampire

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Like most good ghost stories, it's a lot of fun, even though you don't believe a word of it.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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A real touch of class is present in James Wong Howe's magnificent photography, not to mention Carol Borland's stunning apparition as a vampire.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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One of the classics of the horror genre.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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There isn't much in the story that one hasn't seen before, until the very end when Browning and the script turn everything on its ear.

Full Review… | October 5, 2006
Movie Metropolis

The film gets tiresome and talky, even at its 61-minute length.

Full Review… | November 1, 2003
Boston Phoenix

Scores high marks for creating a sense of otherworldly dread that depends very little on whether or not what we see makes any sense.

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Mark of the Vampire

wonderful gothic atmosphere but there's an odd tone to the film and you'll soon discover why. i still can't decide if the ending is clever or just ridiculous. not browning's finest hour but worth seeing

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Ultimately disappointing vampire story, whose only saving grace is Carol Borland, who really spooked me in her role as the female vampire.

Cindy I

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One gets the distinct feel that Mark of the Vampire could and should have been really something, but sadly Browning's film fell prey to the fall-out of his own trend-setting. Mark was initially supposed to depict an incestuous relationship between the father and daughter vampires terrorising the town. But MGM were all over Browning after the controversy caused by his masterwork Freaks, that they immediately cut that out without any consideration for how it would affect the plot. As a result, Lugosi sports a bullet-wound throughout the film for seeingly no reason. Besides this, we endure some leaden acting and frightful staginess, irregardless of Browning's honest attempts at atmospherics. Exposition is also a problem, the events unfolding as if read from an instruction maual. Redeemingly, the picture does sport a delightfully unusual ending and features more comedy than you'd expect, making it at the very least entertaining.

Antony Stubbs

Super Reviewer

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