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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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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Guy Endore, Bernard Schubert

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (3) | DVD (3)

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

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: 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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of the classics of the horror genre.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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The film gets tiresome and talky, even at its 61-minute length.

November 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Suffering from a flagging pace and patchy script, the film has its plus points nevertheless -- notably a good use of visuals.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This amusing B&W film, with photography by James Wong Howe, captures the eerie atmosphere befitting a horror film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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
October 9, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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Ultimately disappointing vampire story, whose only saving grace is Carol Borland, who really spooked me in her role as the female vampire.
August 4, 2007
webalina

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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.
November 9, 2006
guttersnipe28

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Godawful script (due, at least in part, to the numerous scenes that were never shot and a number of others which did not make the final cut) is somewhat redeemed by some decent atmosphere, a spectacular sequence (with some very impressive special effects) and a very creepy performance by Mr. Lionel Atwill.

Is this a remake of "London After Midnight"?
May 26, 2010
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Eduardo C

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    1. Count Mora: I was greater than any Real Vampire!
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