John Landis on

Mark of the Vampire

Released 1935
Distributor MGM

Tod Browning’s remake of London After Midnight is about as close as we’ll get to seeing how his lost Lon Chaney silent might have played. Beautifully mounted, but MGM took the scissors to it before its release and there are only 61 minutes‚ left. Some cool stuff nevertheless, until you get to the controversial twist ending. Bela Lugosi‚ hosts this special trailer, with more dialog than he has in the movie!

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.