Carroll Borland, Holmes Herbert, James Bradbury Jr., and Bela Lugosi
Everyone has their favorite Classic Horror films and I’m certainly no exception. All Abbott and Costello “Meet the Monsters” films are among my favorites, as are the original Dracula and The Bride of Frankenstein but there isn’t a single one I like any better than the one you see pictured here, Mark of the Vampire. The directing by Tod Browning is outstanding and the cast is absolute perfection.
Lionel Barrymore is one of my top 6 favorite actors and Donald Meek and Ivan F. Simpson are two of my absolute favorite character actors… all three are in this film and figure heavily in the story!
While that’s part of the reason why I love this one so much, another is the absolutely delicious classic horror atmosphere the director and crew created. From the early scenes with the townspeople to the bats and the music – it is one of the most entertaining and enjoyable of all the classic horror films and I honestly grow to love it more with each passing year.
In addition to Lionel Barrymore, Donald Meek, Ivan F. Simpson, Carroll Borland, Holmes Herbert, James Bradbury Jr., and Bela Lugosi, the WONDERFUL cast also includes Lionel Atwill, Jean Hersholt, Elizabeth Allan, Henry Wadsworth, Leila Bennett, June Gittelson, and Jessie Ralph.
I hope you’ll include it in your Halloween movie-watching this year. You’ll be frightfully glad you did.
You can watch Mark of the Vampire on Prime Video (Amazon link). I haven’t been able to find it on dvd yet but hope to soon!