Release Date: Apr. 26, 1935
Director: Tod Browning
Writers: Guy Endore, Bernard Schubert
Premise: Everyone in a village goes into a panic when an important guy is found dead, drained of blood, and with two puncture marks in his neck. A group of people then try to get to the bottom of things and protect the guy's daughter from vampire attacks.
Pick My Brain
Mark Of The Vampire has a few notable things about it. It reunites Tod Browning and Bela Lugosi — the director and star of Dracula — in another vampire movie. On top of that it is also a remake of Browning's 1927 movie London After Midnight, one of the most famous and sought after lost films. It also happened to be Browning's first credited work as a director since the 1932 film Freaks, which has come to be seen as historically important but was received poorly in its own time. Mark Of The Vampire is nowhere near as impactful or important as those other Tod Browning films, but it's a short fun film for people who enjoy this era of horror cinema.
Sometimes They Come Back... Again
As I stated above, Tod Browning and Bela Lugosi had worked together before on Dracula. Browning directed dozens of films in many different genres, but his horror movies are what he is best remembered for. Lugosi's portrayal of Dracula is the one that has become the most cemented in pop culture's collective memory. He also appeared in over 40 other horror movies.
In addition to these two, Lionel Atwill, who plays Inspector Neumann here, did his fair share of horror movies. He appeared in nearly 20 titles, including The Hound Of The Baskervilles and several of the Frankenstein sequels, many of which also featured Lugosi.
It Came From The IMDb Triva Section!
• Bela Lugosi sports a bullet wound on his head throughout the movie. There was originally going to be a backstory that the character had an incestuous relationship with his daughter and killed himself over it (and then came back as a vampire?). MGM wasn't into this, and Browning was in no position to push for edgy material since Freaks had bombed.
• 20 extra minutes of footage was shot for the film but was cut before any release. The movie as released is only 1 hour long.
• This movie contains one of the earliest "cat scares" — as in characters are scared by a noise, but it turns out to just be a cat.
• Bela Lugosi spoke more in the trailer than the actual movie.