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June 05, 2007

For the love of beauty is a deep-seated urge which dates back to the beginning of civilization

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It seems impossible that I should somehow have missed a Bela Lugosi classic. It seems inevitable now that Mark of the Vampire should be available in its entirety on the internets.

When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.

This is not a terribly well made film; it certainly lacks the wonder of Tod Browning's earlier masterpiece, Dracula (let alone his awe-inspiring Freaks). But at just over an hour this is well worth the time it takes to see how vampire films had achieved self-parody by 1935. It has all been recycling since then. If it gets a bit much track forward to the last five minutes. As I said: Classic.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 5, 2007 06:23 AM