Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast (2012) – By Jason S. Lockard

When we hear the name Rudyard Kipling it brings to mind a little jungle boy, dancing apes and a big blue bear, but many might be surprised to discover that Rudyard Kipling delved into the horror as well. One of his most popular was Mark of the Beast, and Bloodbath Pictures has brought this tale to life.

Mark of the beast follows a group of friends who’s house are surrounded by the mysterious woods where people claim lives the "silver leper". On New Years Eve one of the friends named Fleet is to drunk to make it to his home so two of his friends decide to take him home. On the way through the woods Fleet in a drunken stupor defaced a religious shrine set up by the "silver leper". Suddenly he is attacked by the famed "silver leper" the friends fight him off and escape. All is well right? Wrong this is where the real horror begins Fleet seems to be cursed getting sicker and sicker they need to find the silver leper and get him to take the curse off before time runs out! Do they get the silver leper to take the curse off? If so how? You’ll have to watch the film to find out!

The Mark of the beast deals with deeply religious, political and moral issues while keeping the feel of the old 70’s style horror film. The best part of the film was the make-up design of the silver leper, but for me there was a little to much profanity. The plus was the acting Ellen Muth (Dead Like Me) and Debbie Rochon (Independent film legend) who star in this film.

So if you read Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast or you just want to see the film head over to for less than $10 you can’t go wrong!

Moral Rating: Violence and profanity
Audience: Adults
Genre: Drama
Length: 72 min.
Released: 2012
Our Rating: C-