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
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Like most good ghost stories, it's a lot of fun, even though you don't believe a word of it.
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.
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.
Scores high marks for creating a sense of otherworldly dread that depends very little on whether or not what we see makes any sense.
Suffering from a flagging pace and patchy script, the film has its plus points nevertheless -- notably a good use of visuals.
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