The name Rudyard Kipling has long been connected to a little jungle boy, dancing apes and a big blue bear... But, those unaware of his writings beyond Jungle Book might be surprised to learn that he wrote several horror stories over the course of his life. One of his most popular was Mark of the Beast, and Bloodbath Pictures and Hale Manor have brought this tale to life and it's available on DVD this October 23rd via MVD Enterttainment Group.
Starring Debbie Rochon, Dick Boland, Ellen Muth and a host of Bloodbath regulars, like Phil Hall, Sheri Lynn, Matt Ford and Margaret Rose Champagne, Mark of the Beast is a departure from Bloodbath's previous films (Bikini Bloodbath series) as it is played largely straight.
The movie follows two people (Rochon and Boland) as they try to deal with saving a friend (Hall) who after defacing a religious shrine becomes cursed by the silver leper who lives in the forest that surrounds their homes. Their fight to survive becomes a life and death struggle for all involved, including the faceless silver leper, and the lengths at which they go to save their friend will not be without its repercussions.
With fantastic creature design and an outstanding, bombastic score, Rudyard Kipling's Mark of the Beast is Bloodbath's most inspired effort to date. Adapted for the screen by Thomas Edward Seymour (who also directed with Jonathan Gorman) and Sheri Lynn, Mark of the Beast effectively combines 70s-style horror with deep-running religious, political and moral themes.