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The Devil Doll (1936)

The Devil Doll (1936)

Country:  USA

Director:  Tod Browning

Main Stars:  Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan, Frank Lawton

Storyline:  A lunatic and a banker uses mini people to grant revenge against the ones that fraud him.

Review (Spoils): Paul Lavond (Lionel Barrymore) is a banker but he was framed for robbery and murder and placed into prison. He escapes in time and with the help of scientist friend who can create little people (reducing real people smaller) and plan revenge.

Therefore, the story begins with the tale of the banker being wrong by his associates and wants everyone to pay for that backstab (fair enough). He meets a maniac in prison named Marcel who can create creatures and reduce them to inches. After Marcel’s death, the banker uses his tools to over take his plan of revenge. He plays most of the movie as Madame Mandilip who owns a doll shop as a front to over up his revenge.

The majority of this film is Madame Mandilip (Lionel Barrymore posing as an old woman) and showing the miniature effects of people being on inches high which the movie Son of Frankenstein took from. The film is much like other Tod Browning films as he has always had a thing for people who were indifferent or have some type of disability (in this case the mute young woman).  Nothing shocking or scary with this film but it thick in plot and storyline.

 Rating:  Lionel Barrymore sticks out in the film, as he can be entertaining as he is playing multiple roles in this story. The miniature people are interesting but after a while, I found myself bored as the story line was too thick and there was not enough scares to keep me laughing or entertained.  I preferred The Unholy Three.

3/10 Beers!

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Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Country:  USA

Director:  Tod Browning

Main StarsBela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Carroll Borland

Storyline:  A body has been found drained of all its blood and he has bite marks on the neck. Vampires are to be blamed.

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Review (Spoils):  Sir Karell Borotin is found dead drained of all blood.  Vampires that are located near the village are too blamed for this. Count Mora (Bela Lugosi) and his very gothic and strange daughter Luna (Carroll Borland) are believed to be the murders.  Professor Zelin (Lionel Barrymore) uses the beautiful daughter Irena (Elizabeth Allan) of the victim as trap to lure the vampires out.

The storyline itself is not very thick but the gothic intensity of the film is. Tod Browning did it again with this film as it is very dark, gloomy and the sound effects are awesome for its time. Bela Lugosi steals the show with his presence this time as Count Mora. Carroll Borland plays the very dark and perfect goth girl Luna in which she has no lines her presence speaks for itself. Her eeriness and loneliness fills the screen with dread. The only real down fall of this film is Lionel Barrymore who I fell overacted the part.

Rating:  Bela Lugosi brings himself to the screen again but this time as another leading vampire by the name of Count Mora.  The gloom and darkness of the rare gem is enough to hold as a classic film. Not as great as Dracula but it still holds its own.

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6/10 Beers!

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