Condemned to Live (1935)

Article #55 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-10-2001
Posting date: 9-23-2001

A vampire is loose in a small town. The vampire is actually a kindly doctor, who blacks out when it is dark, and can’t remember his crimes. His trail is covered by his faithful hunchback servant, Zan. Eventually, suspicion falls upon the hunchback for the murders.

This low-budget vampire movie has some very novel ideas, and I find the relationship between the doctor and the hunchback quite interesting in terms of the plot. It also has a very good and quite satisfying ending. There are problems, though; the direction is somewhat dull, and some of the scenes are hard to swallow, especially a sequence where the doctor is alone with his fiancee, who is supposed to be protected from the vampire, and she does everything she can to actually bring on the vampire attack. Still, it’s a nice variation on the vampire theme, and definitely worth a watch.

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