Director: Louis Feuillade
"DECAPITATED BODY NATIONAL SECURITY AGENT DURTAL, IN CHARGE OF VAMPIRE INVESTIGATIONS, FOUND IN SWAMPS NEAR SAINT-CLEMENT-SUR-CHER. HEAD REMAINS MISSING."
Who? What? When? Where? Intrepid reporter Phillipe Guerande follows the trail of the Vampires, arch-criminals of Paris, to the scene of a gruesome murder in the first of ten chapters in Louis Feuillade's thrilling serial...
Phillipe Guerande, investigative reporter at the Paris Chronicle, is shocked to discover the theft of his files on the Vampires, a secret society of criminals that have been terrorising Paris. His associate Mazamette is caught with the stolen files, but he persuades Guerande not to hand him over to the police.
A tip-off leads the reporter to the scene of a recent murder in St-Clement-Sur-Cher. The local police are reluctant to offer any information, so on his mother's advice he seeks out Dr Nox, a childhood friend of his father who lives nearby. However, Guerande soon has good cause to involve the police. Nox's chateau reveals some dark secrets when night falls, and even the doctor himself may not be what he seems...
Mysterious posters began to appear on the streets of Paris in November 1915. They showed a row of three masked female faces, each circled by a question mark like a hangman's noose, and beneath each one, the same four unanswered questions: "Who? What? When? Where...?". A year into the Great War, those Parisian streets were daily growing more empty, but further enigmatic details could be found in the morning papers: "
Edouarde Mathe (Phillipe Guerande), Marcel Levesque (Oscar Mazamette), Jean Ayme (The Grand Vampire / Dr Nox), Delphine Renot (Mme. Guerande), Rita Herlor (Mrs. Simpson).
Scenario: Louis Feuillade, Photography: Manichoux.