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Movie Review: Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast

When I hear the name Rudyard Kipling I think of a singing and dancing bear and a little boy who lives in the jungle (Jungle Book). Another story that comes to mind is Rikki Tikki Tavi, which is the story of a Mongoose that saves a family from a venomous Cobra.

Kipling is also known for other stories including The Man Who Would Be King, Mandalay and Gunga Din.

Did you know that Rudyard Kipling also wrote horror stories? He has penned several ghostly tales and psychological thrillers. I never knew that until I received a copy of the film Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast to review. The movie is based on a book by the same name, written by Kipling.

I’m a big fan of horror movies. From what I saw of the trailer this looked like a good film.

Here is the trailer. If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the trailer here, http://bit.ly/PQ56gG.

 

I had high hopes for this film. It wasn’t a “bad” film, per say. But for a true horror movie fan you will be disappointed. To be honest I think this movie will fare better with those who are easily frightened, or it would make a great horror movie to show at a teenage girl’s sleepover party.

Mark of the Beast is the story of a group of friends who live close to one another. To get to each other’s homes they need to walk through the woods. In some cases they have to walk miles between homes. Lurking in the woods in a leper, or a “silver leper” as they refer to him as. He lives and worships in the woods. No one has really seen him but they know he’s there.

One night, after getting drunk at a friend’s New Year’s Eve party, Debbie and her friend Strictland take their drunk friend Fleete home. They have no choice but to walk through the woods.

On their way to Fleete’s home, Fleete sees one of the shrines made by the silver leper. He dashes away from his friends and defaces the shrine. As soon as he does that the sliver leper appears and attacks him. Debbie and Strictland come to his rescue and quickly race back to Strictland’s house.

The next day everyone notices that there is something wrong with Fleete. He’s not acting like himself, he has cravings for raw meat and he has unusual growths on his body. Later in the day he also viciously attacks a house guest and takes a huge bite out of her arm.

Debbie and Strictland are convinced he’s possessed and try to perform an exorcism on him. What that fails their next conclusion is that he’s cursed and they only way to remove the curse is to have silver leper lift the curse off of Fleete. In order to do that they must capture the silver leper and take him back to Strictland’s home where they have Fleete bound to a chair.

Debbie and Strictland are successful in capturing the silver leper, but he doesn’t want to remove the curse. In order to convince him he needs to remove the curse he put on Fleete the couple start to torture the silver leper and inflict unspeakable pain on him.

Will the silver leper survive the torture to remove the curse? Will Fleete ever get back to normal? What horrific tragedy happens at the end to change the whole direction of the story? To find out you’ll need to pick up a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast.

The movie stars Ellen Muth from the Dead Like Me series (she looks horribly thin in this film), and New York Independent film legend Debbie Rochon. The film was Directed by Jon Gorman and Thomas Edward Seymour.

Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast is now available on DVD. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.