What can I say about Mark of the Vampire? It’s so strange that I’m not entirely certain if it’s just a delightfully bad movie or if it’s actually a horror satire. It’s one of those movies that most people seem to love or hate because it is so odd, and you really have to see it to understand the strong opinions.
In a European village, a man is found dead with two cuts on his neck. The family doctor and local baron believe it was the work of a vampire, specifically the mysterious count who lives down the street, but the police inspector doesn’t believe in vampires. Although they disagree on who was the blame, they all are concerned that the dead man’s daughter is at risk, and the doctor and the baron bring in an occult specialist to help them prevent another death. It sounds like a straight forward cheesey 30s horror movie, and it has the over the top acting you would expect, but it also has a controversial twist to the end. Much like M. Night Shyamalan’s twist endings, this one will either delight you, make you angry at the stupid movie, or leave you slightly confused about how it’s supposed to make sense. I fall into the third category, but I still find Mark of the Vampire incredibly amusing.