Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion, attempting to revive his beautiful, but long-dead, wife, by transferring the life essences of several hapless ... See full summary »
When the villagers of Klineschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism. While police inspector Karl remains skeptical, scientist Dr. von Niemann cares for the vampire's victims one by one, and suspicion falls on simple-minded Herman Gleib because of his fondness for bats. A blood-thirsty mob hounds Gleib to his death, but the vampire attacks don't stop.Written by
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Majestic Pictures cashed in on the success of Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, who had been a sensation in the Technicolor thriller Doctor X (1932) and had already completed Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), which was also being heavily promoted at the time. Majestic was able to get this film into theaters over a month before the release of the latter one. See more »
When von Niemann shows Brettscheider a rosary he'd discovered, he calls it a "crucifix". Although a crucifix is part of a rosary, the entire piece is always called a rosary, not a crucifix. See more »
At least one original release print had the torches in the Bronson Canyon sequence hand-colored by Gustav Brock. Thereafter, the film remained completely B&W until 2017, when UCLA digitally restored the color in its new preservation negative. See more »
I take issue with the other reviewer's comments for the simple reason that this is a MYSTERY FILM, not a supernatural one! It is not the only film to have a seemingly "supernatural" explanation ("vampires"), but turns out to be a very mundance one.
Other films that come to mind are Edgar Wallace's "Before Dawn" and the (more famous) "Mark of the Vampire".
The film does a WONDERFUL job in creating a very "spooky atmosphere", similar DRACULA, when Renfield meets the Count on the staircase of his castle, or in MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, when the two people look thru the windows of the castle ruins and see a "corpse" playing an organ, while Luna descends using wings! VERY surreal!
If one likes these (often silent) atmospheric touches, THIS film is a MUST!
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