Sunday, June 17, 2012

Missing the Mark of the Vampire

These two horrors are not what they seem
They're no more than a rotten plot scheme
Each an actor, not vamp
But in fact, if you're damp,
Carroll Borland's so hot you might steam.

Bela Lugosi, and Carroll Borland in Mark of the Vampire (1935), Tod Browning's remake of his own London After Midnight (1927). Borland's eerie, pallid-faced vamp is a clear inspiration for Vampira and others that followed her, as well as a welcome sight on Vampire Weekends.

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