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Mark of the Vampire (1935)



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In this film, 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 and occult expert Prof. Zelen investigate, with the full cooperation of leading citizen Baron Otto.more
Rating: G
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Schubert, Guy Endore-Kaiser, Guy Endore
MGM Home Entertainment


Lionel Barrymore
as Prof. Zelin
Elizabeth Allan
as Irena Borotyn
Bela Lugosi
as Count Mora
Lionel Atwill
as Insp. Neumann
Holmes Herbert
as Sir Karell Borotyn
Jean Hersholt
as Baron Otto von Zinde...
Carroll Borland
as Luna Mora
Donald Meek
as Dr. Doskil
Egon Brecher
as Coroner
Henry Wadsworth
as Count Feodor Vincent...
Eily Malyon
as Sick Woman [cut from...
Christian Rub
as Deaf Man [cut from r...
Torben Meyer
as Card Player
Zeffie Tilbury
as Grandmother
Rosemary Glosz
as Innkeeper's Wife
Claire Verdera
as English Woman
Guy Bellis
as English Man
Baron Hesse
as Bus Driver [cut from...
Mrs. Lesovosky
as Old Woman in Inn
Robert Greig
as Fat Man
Jessie Ralph
as Midwife
Franklyn Ardell
as Chauffeur
Clare Verdera
as English Woman
James Bradbury Jr
as Fourth Vampire
Henry Stephenson
as (scenes deleted)
Doris Lloyd
as (scenes deleted)
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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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

One of the classics of the horror genre.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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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