London After Midnight (1927) – Stills Recreation

LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927) – Stills Restoration
Article #595 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 10-31-2002
Posting date: 3-26-2003

A murder may have been the result of vampires.

This marks the second time I’ve covered a movie that I haven’t actually seen, though unlike THE MIRACLE MAN (1919), at least the still recreation of the movie makes a better substitute than merely the five-minute clip that I used as an excuse for that one. It’s only a partially satisfying experience, but it’s probably as close as we’re going to get to it, and even if it gets a little dull and confusing at spots, I’m very glad it exists. Granted, the confusion that sets in towards the end may be as much a result of the story itself as the fact you’re watching a series of stills; its remake, MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935), gets quite confusing itself before it’s all over. Still, if you’ve watched that movie, you’ll be pretty well prepared for this one, as the story is largely the same. Still, I applaud the effort, and I do admire how well they manage some of the sequences with only stills, particularly a hypnotism sequence that shows how creative editing can bring a scene to life, even if that scene consists of nothing more than a series of stills.

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