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This Vampire Business.....Tod Browning
- frank r. lopez
Tod Browning was the king of bizarre and unusual films, mostly silent, enjoyed watching every film of his I've seen ("Freaks", "Dracula (1931)", "West Of Zannibar" and "The Unholy Three", to name a few). I love this campy horror/mystery as nobleman is murdered and it's blamed on vampires. Enter professor of the occult (Barrymore) who investigates the scene. Count Mora (Lugosi) and his daughter Luna (Carroll Borland) are prowling around the scene leading to fear by everyone. Nice little twist ending and closing scene is a hoot. I find myself surprisingly attracted to Luna in strange sort of way. I'll bring this up with my New York therapist at my next appointment (sic). Entertaining strange film by Browning, one of my favorite camp/cult films.Well worth the time spent especially for classic horror fans......sure sure, but get off your makeup....
- Jeff Boston
Borland plays one of the finest freaks in film history as an entrancing, dead-eyed devil doll, while Lugosi redoes his Dracula. Atwill is an iron man, as always, and Barrymore the most frenzied of fast workers. The love it or hate it ending brought to us by Browning is one of many miracles for sale that some buy, some deny. I liked Hersholt a lot more in "Heidi."
crazy theory or a good guess
the idea for the entire story might have helped to inspire the creation of batman and mission impossible. if true.. a fantastic piece of even greater Hollywood history.
mark of the vampire
- kevin sellers
Gee, that was really stupid! Don't know about you, but when I go to see a Bela Lugosi flic I expect to see the creepy Hungarian and not some early 30s version of "The Addams Family," plus an awful lot of Lionel Barrymore hamming it up. C minus.
Are you kidding me? Just stupid!
I was really enjoying this movie till the ridiculous anticlimactic absurd and thoroughly disappointing ending. Just plain stupid!
Lionel Barrymore is one of the greatest !
- DON RILEY
Lionel Barrymore like Al Pacino is always accused of "overacting". Being above board, posturing, being overtly melodramatic. Truth of the matter is he's one of the greatest film actors of all time - easily. His performance in what I consider a "Grand Film" not just a "Christmas Classic" "Its A Wonderful Life" is one of the most perfect screen acting jobs of all time. In studying the early acting of Barrymore, I feel that James Stewart, may well have modeled himself after Barrymore. Their posture, their use of hands, delivering lines etc, are extremely similar in early Barrymore films to Stewart's acting throughout his entire career. Here in a simple story he creates a world of interest, he's totally captivating. Truly a gem of a film actor and should be recognized as one of the All-Time Greats and revered.
AWESOME "OLD-TIME" SCARE
THIS MOVIE WAS UNKNOWN TO ME( MUCH TO MY SURPRISE).FOR VIEWING,We set the atmosphere by watching with only a lit candle.MR. BARRYMORE WAS AT HIS FINEST AND SUCH A TREAT. TO SEE HIM WALKING, AS HE DID BEFORE HIS DISEASE CONFINED HIM TO A WHEELCHAIR!I FOUND MYSELF REPEATEDLY SAYING,"CLOSE THOSE WINDOWS".I WAS COMPLETELY TAKEN IN BY THE PERFORMANCE OF THE "VAMPIRES"SO AS NOT TO BE A "SPOILER", I SHALL ONLY SAY MY RESPONSE WASHAHAHAHAHAHATHE RATS & INSECTS WERE A NICE TOUCH~!
I thought I was watching a true old horror movie, until the end! I want to watch it again to see if I missed anything. Love Lionel Barrymore and Bela Lugosi!
THE best with a twist
- Ed "L"
The storyline, characters, actors portrayals, and the EXCELLENT work of the actors themselves make this movie MY personal favorite. The cemetery and crypt scenes, with the howling in the background, make for THE most haunting scene in classic horror film. If you are a Bela fan or a classic horror fan then do yourself a favor and get this film. There is one small failing. The movie is only an hour long. It DOES move along well and very quickly from scene to scene. The plot leads to an ending you do NOT expect. That is the frosting on what is a very well 'baked' cake.
Just off the Mark
- Oliver Cutshaw
I wish I liked this movie more. Tod Browning is a wonderful and challenging director (Dracula, Freaks). Add to this Lugosi, Barrymore, and Atwill. What a team! And Carol Borland as Luna. Stunning is the word. She just stares and she has one line and yet she steals the picture. Despite all these elements the picture leaves the viewer with a sense of disappointment. This film could have been so much better. There was an odd subplot about the Luna character and the Lugosi character, that was not filmed. Another of these 30's films where they seem to have gotten worried about the censors and the shooting schedule and seem to say let's wrap it up.Everytime I see the movie I love the first half and then whoosh like a bat's wings it takes off. Silly forced conclusion, obviously referencing the lost London After Midnight. The ending is odd, and hokey to say the least. Still the film is worth a view for any classic horror movie fan.
This has all the traditional horror flick shtick - the bat flying through the open windows of a mansion, the beautiful girl with the two bites on her neck, her lover with bites on his neck, the vampire lurking through the night and then retiring to his coffin, the omnipresent doctor who is familiar with vampires and how to kill them. Naturally, if it's a real vampire film, the inimitable Bela Lugosi has to be present and his eyes mesmerize you. You just have to watch this particular film and dare not leave in the final ten minutes. I'm so pleased nobody has revealed the ending in their comments because it will absolutely stun you! In many ways, this is the best of the best horror films. Bela Lugosi was furious at the ending, as he wanted to be known for pure horror films. The ending will reveal why he was so angry! Have fun!
Watch the First 45 minutes, (1935)
MGM's solo entry into the world of vampires with Bela Lugosi heading an all-star cast. Terrific actors, Lugosi, Atwill ,Barrymore, Hersholt, Allen ! Great sets ! Browning directs. Are vampires commiting muders ? Could be...Czechoslovakia is the place to be or not... With the murder of Sir Karell Borotyn , inspector Neuman(Lionel Atwill) and Professor Zelin(Lionel Barrymore) set out to find the killer/s. Well that set up is Great, until we get to the sell out ending...I will stop there. The first 45 minutes are top notch, then you are on your own because it gets really DUMB.2.5 STARS OUT OF 5.
- Creepy and Kookie
Strange,but entertaining.First viewing left me wondering what sclock is this.
Lugosi Is The Best
..This little gem will throw you off balance if you go grab a sandwich,and lose track of whats going on for a few minutes,it will leave you scratching your head.I dont want to give it away but,man I think it was great how this movie changes paces,when you least expect it.Bela Lugosi,is the best. He knows how to play a Vampire better than anyone ever has.That,stare of his will send shivers through you.To me he will always be Dracula,he is called Count Mora in this film,But to me he will only be Dracula.Luna his female counterpart is beautifully dead and scary.See This Gem..
"Vampire" Hits the "Mark!"
- Joe Waz
A little bit hard to follow at first, but the cinematography and the direction by the Great, Tod Browning elevate this film above most of the horror movies of it's time. It's a shame that Lugosi was given so little screen time (and merely a supporting player-billing), but he definately makes the most of it, and his speech at the very end is only fitting for the man and his career. Indeed, he was "greater than any REAL Vampire!" "Mark of the Vampire" is a terrific horror film. I'm still wishing that "London After Midnight" shows up soon.
- curt solash
any fan of horror or bela the great will feel his blood turn to ice water at the sight of an angry bela in several of the scenes. nobody can frighten with one look like the master!!
My favorite type of movie!
- Norma Kosse
I love these old horror films. The elegance, earnestness and overacting of the period hook me from the beginning.