Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast

Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast

Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast

directed by Jon Gorman and Thomas Edward Seymour

starring Debbie Rochon, Phil Hall, Dick Boland, and Mark Bovino

Bloodbath Pictures

There’s a lot to like here. It’s a low-budget horror shot through an Instagram filter and based on an obscure Rudyard Kipling story. In a remote wooded cabin, friends gather for a New Year’s Eve party even though it looks like August in North Carolina. Fleete (Hall) gets eight sheets to the wind and desecrates the Leper God’s altar in the woods by rubbing out a cigar on it. This annoys the Leper God (Bovino), who bites Fleet, giving him a curse that looks a lot like rabies. Strickland (Boland) is the local sheriff and exorcist; he and Fleet’s girlfriend Debbie (Rochon) tie Fleete to a chair and marinate him in salt, oil, and holy water, but it does no good. The stakes are raised, and Strickland announces, “I may be a Christian, but if God ain’t helpin’ out on this one, he’s just gonna have to forgive me while I beat up a cripple in the woods.” He drags the Leper God into the cabin, beats him, and burns him until he removes the curse. I was unimpressed by the Leper God’s powers. If a human can hog tie and torture a supernatural being, that’s victimhood, not godhead.

This is a well-done film that riffs off the look of old Hammer and Corman horror, but exploits modern video processing to enhance the look. The Leper God makeup is excellent, the acting respectable, and the horror goes more psychological than gruesome. Various filters change the colors of the scenes to indicate emotional direction, and there’s a reasonable amount of blood and no nudity. I like the snappy dialog. Boland’s delivery rivals Shatner’s, and Fleete is just enough of a jerk that you don’t really mourn his exit. There’s a director’s commentary that tends to be a little more film geeky than most people would appreciate, but the soundtrack is ominous and well scored. All around, this is an excellent effort from the team that brought us Bikini Bloodbath Car Wash.

Mark of the Beast: markofthebeastmovie.combloodbathpictures.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Christian Scott
    Christian Scott

    Rebel Ruler (Ropeadope / Stretch Music). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Kivanç Sezer
    Kivanç Sezer

    Turkish director Kivanç Sezer’s powerful debut feature, My Father’s Wings, puts the spotlight on the workplace safety crisis that is currently taking place in his homeland. Lily and Generoso Fierro spoke with Sezer at SEEFest 2017 about his film and his need to draw attention to this issue.

  • Temples
    Temples

    Supporting their just-released sophomore record, UK synth-pop poster boys, Temples, attracted an SRO crowd to one of Orlando’s premier nightspots.

  • Rat Film
    Rat Film

    Baltimore. Rats. A match made in Maryland.

  • Bishop Briggs
    Bishop Briggs

    Bishop Briggs brings a stacked bill of up and comers to Orlando for a sold-out party at The Social. Jen Cray joins in the fun.

  • Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World
    Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

    There’s more than black music influencing the evolution of Rock and Roll. Native American rhymes and ideas are every bit as significant, once you know to look for them.

  • Keith Morris
    Keith Morris

    Ink 19 slings a few questions to the punk rock pioneer Keith Morris on Trump, Calexit and looking back.

  • Soul Understated
    Soul Understated

    Soul Understated was a swizzle stick of jazz, funk, pop with a dash of Radiohead in the delightful DC cocktail.

  • Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu
    Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu

    That Trip We Took With Dad is the debut feature by acclaimed Romanian short film director Anca Miruna Lǎzǎrescu. Generoso Fierro sat down with Lǎzǎrescu during SEEFest to discuss the comedy and drama within the adaptation of her deeply personal family story for the screen.

  • Aware
    Aware

    The Book Of Wind (Glacial Movements). Review by Carl F Gauze.

From the Archives