What begins as a creepy, highly atmospheric horror film ends up for us monster lovers (and most movie historians and critics, too) with a monumentally disappointing ending. Much like LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, the lost Lon Chaney, Sr. film, MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (MGM, 1935) reveals the bad guy -- in this case Bela Lugosi -- to be a fake vampire. Nevertheless, Lugosi does his best vampire since DRACULA during the proceedings.
The MARK OF THE VAMPIRE filmbook, which begins in FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #61 (January 1970), chronicles the story of the vampire Count Mora and his seductive and deadly daughter, Luna.
[Part 2 (Conclusion) tomorrow]