181 Great Directors: Tod Browning

“When I quit a thing, I quit. I wouldn’t walk across the street now to see a movie.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Freaks and Dracula.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Freaks.

What Did I Watch: Mark of the Vampire.

Where Does He Fit: Mark of the Vampire feels like all the criticisms of Dracula’s decline in quality have actually been much more warranted, and it’s only an hour long to boot. It’s not a bad film, but after a great opening sequence, it turns into heavy handed nonsense thanks to a pretty lame script. “Oh hoh hoh, no such things as vampires” and the like. Browning still has a knack for the elemental and the spooky, but he was clearly trying to make sure that Freaks didn’t destroy his career and hadn’t found the humor of The Devil Doll yet. A curio for fans only, although it’s not painful.


Most Valuable Asset: Scary things are just perverted normalcy.
Most Excited For: Seen all the good stuff, really.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Brilliant male gazer, Paul Verhoeven.

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