The Return of Dracula

Expatriate Francis Lederer is a cultured menace in UA's revisit of the Dracula myth, made just before Hammer Films staked its claim on the horror genre. Avid Hitchcock fans may find the storyline very familiar, when European cousin Bellac strikes up a 'special' relationship with his American cousin Rachel. The Return of Dracula Blu-ray Olive Films 1958 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 77 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, Virginia Vincent, John Wengraf. Cinematography Jack MacKenzie Film Editor Sherman A. Rose Original Music Gerald Fried Written by Pat Fielder Produced by Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy Directed by Paul Landres

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Levy-Gardner-Laven producing combo, minus Arnold Laven this time out, assemble what was probably their most successful drive-in cheapie for United Artists. Promoting their secretary Pat Fielder to screenwriter, they had already done okay with a contemporary, non-Gothic vampire story
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman defeats 300: Rise of an Empire and Need for Speed at the North American box office

Video game adaptation Need for Speed was beaten by animated adventure Mr. Peabody & Sherman at the U.S. box office this past weekend. Tipped for number one, Need for Speed made a slightly disappointing $17.8 million overall, opening at number 3. Meanwhile, in its third week, Mr. Peabody & Sherman rose to top spot with an impressive $21.2 million.

300: Rise of an Empire opened at number two with a debut haul of $19.1 million, failing to match the debut of its predecessor 300, which opened with $70.9 million back in 2007. Other new entires included Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club, opening in fifth place with just $8.3 million - the lowest opening for any of Tyler Perry films. Opening in just 66 cinemas, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel came in at number eight while the crowd-funded Veronica Mars film opened at number ten.
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