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* TheEndingChangesEverything: See TwistEnding below.


''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}''. It is a remake of ''Film/LondonAfterMidnight'' and the salience here is that all three movies were directed by Tod Browning. ''Mark of the Vampire'' is one of his final movies following the backlash to ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. Bela Lugosi, of course, plays the main vampire.

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With ''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by Vampire'', MGM to capitalize pointedly capitalized on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}''. It is a remake of ''Film/LondonAfterMidnight'' and the salience here is that all three movies were directed by Tod Browning. ''Mark of the Vampire'' is one of his final movies following the backlash to ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. Bela Lugosi, of course, plays the main vampire.


''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', by hiring Bela Lugosi to put on his cape again. It is a remake of Creator/LonChaney silent vampire movie ''London After Midnight'', also directed by Browning, and infamous as one of the most famous [[MissingEpisode lost]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes films]] of the silent movie era.

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''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', by hiring Bela Lugosi to put on his cape again. ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}''. It is a remake of Creator/LonChaney silent vampire movie ''London After Midnight'', also ''Film/LondonAfterMidnight'' and the salience here is that all three movies were directed by Browning, and infamous as Tod Browning. ''Mark of the Vampire'' is one of his final movies following the most famous [[MissingEpisode lost]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes films]] backlash to ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. Bela Lugosi, of course, plays the silent movie era.
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* CobwebOfDisuse: Although this film is a remake of ''London After Midnight'' it was obviously meant to evoke the 1931 ''Dracula''. So the Borotyn mansion is covered with cobwebs and dust, as Dracula's castle was.

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* CobwebOfDisuse: Although this film is a remake of ''London After Midnight'' it was obviously meant to evoke the 1931 ''Dracula''. So the Borotyn mansion Mansion has fallen into disuse after the death of Karell Borotyn, which is covered with cobwebs and dust, as Dracula's castle was.signified by the ever-presence of cobwebs.



* TheVoiceless: Unlike ''Dracula'', which got a lot of mileage out of Lugosi's accent, in this film both Mora and Luna are silent vampires. Until the TwistEnding, that is.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: In another bit stolen from the 1931 ''Dracula'', Count Mora and Luna change into bats.

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* TheVoiceless: Unlike ''Dracula'', which got a lot of mileage out of Lugosi's accent, in this film both Both Mora and Luna are silent vampires. Until the TwistEnding, that is.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: In another bit stolen from the 1931 ''Dracula'', Count Mora and Luna change into bats.


''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', by hiring Bela Lugosi to put on his cape again. It is a remake of Creator/LonChaney silent vampire movie ''London After Midnight'', also directed by Browning, and infamous as one of the most famous [[MissingEpisode lost]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes film]] of the silent movie era.

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''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', by hiring Bela Lugosi to put on his cape again. It is a remake of Creator/LonChaney silent vampire movie ''London After Midnight'', also directed by Browning, and infamous as one of the most famous [[MissingEpisode lost]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes film]] films]] of the silent movie era.


* TwistEnding: There are no vampires. Baron Otto killed Sir Karell because he wanted Irena for himself. "Count Mora" and "Luna" are actors hired by Inspector Neumann and "Professor" Zelen (actually chief inspector of Prague police) to help trick Otto into a confession. Irena is part of the plot and faked hearing her father's voice and being attacked by Luna. ([[ShockingSwerve This ending has been controversial ever since]]. Apparently Lugosi was horrified by the twist.)

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* TwistEnding: There are no vampires. Baron Otto killed Sir Karell because he wanted Irena for himself. "Count Mora" and "Luna" are actors hired by Inspector Neumann and "Professor" Zelen (actually chief inspector of Prague police) to help trick Otto into a confession. Irena is part of the plot and faked hearing her father's voice and being attacked by Luna. ([[ShockingSwerve This ending has been controversial ever since]]. Apparently Lugosi was horrified by the twist.)


* OrphanedReference: Count Mora is observed to have a large wound on his right temple; this is never explained. In the original cut, the Count supposedly shot himself, which is what turned him into a vampire. This backstory was cut out when the film was trimmed from approximately 80 minutes to its release length of 61 minutes.


''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', by hiring Bela Lugosi to put on his cape again. It is a remake of Creator/LonChaney silent vampire movie ''London After Midnight'', also directed by Browning, and infamous as one of the most famous [[MissingEpisode lost films]] of the silent movie era.

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''Mark of the Vampire'' was an attempt by MGM to capitalize on the vampire craze started by ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'', by hiring Bela Lugosi to put on his cape again. It is a remake of Creator/LonChaney silent vampire movie ''London After Midnight'', also directed by Browning, and infamous as one of the most famous [[MissingEpisode lost films]] lost]] [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes film]] of the silent movie era.


The setting is Prague during in 1934. Irena Borotyn and her fiance Fedor have returned home to her family estate, so they can be married. Unfortunately, soon after their arrival, Irena's father Sir Karell is found murdered, with two puncture wounds on his neck and with his body completely drained of blood. The local AgentMulder doctor immediately diagnoses a vampire attack, and the townspeople blame one "Count Mora" (Lugosi), believed to be the local vampire, and his vampire daughter Luna. The wedding is postponed, and Irena goes to live with her guardian, her late father's close friend Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt).

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The setting is Prague during in 1934. Irena Borotyn and her fiance Fedor have returned home to her family estate, so they can be married. Unfortunately, soon after their arrival, Irena's father Sir Karell is found murdered, with two puncture wounds on his neck and with his body completely drained of blood. The local AgentMulder doctor immediately diagnoses a vampire attack, and the townspeople blame one "Count Mora" (Lugosi), believed to be the local vampire, and his vampire daughter Luna. The wedding is postponed, and Irena goes to live with her guardian, her late father's close friend Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt).


The setting is what is now UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, probably sometime around the end of the 19th century. Irena Borotyn and her fiance Fedor have returned home to her family estate, so they can be married. Unfortunately, soon after their arrival, Irena's father Sir Karell is found murdered, with two puncture wounds on his neck and with his body completely drained of blood. The local AgentMulder doctor immediately diagnoses a vampire attack, and the townspeople blame one "Count Mora" (Lugosi), believed to be the local vampire, and his vampire daughter Luna. The wedding is postponed, and Irena goes to live with her guardian, her late father's close friend Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt).

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The setting is what is now UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, probably sometime around the end of the 19th century.Prague during in 1934. Irena Borotyn and her fiance Fedor have returned home to her family estate, so they can be married. Unfortunately, soon after their arrival, Irena's father Sir Karell is found murdered, with two puncture wounds on his neck and with his body completely drained of blood. The local AgentMulder doctor immediately diagnoses a vampire attack, and the townspeople blame one "Count Mora" (Lugosi), believed to be the local vampire, and his vampire daughter Luna. The wedding is postponed, and Irena goes to live with her guardian, her late father's close friend Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt).


''Mark of the Vampire'' is a 1935 film directed by Tod Browning, starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and Creator/BelaLugosi.

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''Mark of the Vampire'' is a 1935 horror film directed by Tod Browning, starring Creator/LionelBarrymore and Creator/BelaLugosi.


The setting is what is now UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, probably sometime around the end of the 19th century. Irena Borotyn and her fiance Fedor have returned home to her family estate, so they can be married. Unfortunately, soon after their arrival, Irena's father Sir Karell is found murdered, with two puncture wounds on his neck and with his body completely drained of blood. The local AgentScully doctor immediately diagnoses a vampire attack, and the townspeople blame one "Count Mora" (Lugosi), believed to be the local vampire, and his vampire daughter Luna. The wedding is postponed, and Irena goes to live with her guardian, her late father's close friend Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt).

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The setting is what is now UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, probably sometime around the end of the 19th century. Irena Borotyn and her fiance Fedor have returned home to her family estate, so they can be married. Unfortunately, soon after their arrival, Irena's father Sir Karell is found murdered, with two puncture wounds on his neck and with his body completely drained of blood. The local AgentScully AgentMulder doctor immediately diagnoses a vampire attack, and the townspeople blame one "Count Mora" (Lugosi), believed to be the local vampire, and his vampire daughter Luna. The wedding is postponed, and Irena goes to live with her guardian, her late father's close friend Baron Otto (Jean Hersholt).


A year passes, and once again it's time for Irena and Fedor to get married. Unfortunately, Fedor is attacked by a vampire, and Irena is attacked by Count Mora's daughter Luna. The good guys call in Professor Zelen, an expert on vampire lore (Barrymore), who tells them that Mora and Luna must be destroyed during daylight hours. But the vampire duo aren't going to go away so easily...and in the meantime, Sir Kyrill's coffin is empty...

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A year passes, and once again it's time for Irena and Fedor to get married. Unfortunately, Fedor is attacked by a vampire, and Irena is attacked by Count Mora's daughter Luna. The good guys call in Professor Zelen, an expert on vampire lore (Barrymore), who tells them that Mora and Luna must be destroyed during daylight hours. But the vampire duo aren't going to go away so easily...and in the meantime, Sir Kyrill's Karell's coffin is empty...

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* CatScare: The doctor and the inspector are freaked out when a suit of armor starts rattling on its own...but it's a cat that crawled into the helmet.


* TheArtifact: Count Mora is observed to have a large wound on his right temple; this is never explained. In the original cut, the Count supposedly shot himself, which is what turned him into a vampire. This backstory was cut out when the film was trimmed from approximately 80 minutes to its release length of 61 minutes.


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* OrphanedReference: Count Mora is observed to have a large wound on his right temple; this is never explained. In the original cut, the Count supposedly shot himself, which is what turned him into a vampire. This backstory was cut out when the film was trimmed from approximately 80 minutes to its release length of 61 minutes.

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