The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  11 November 1943 (USA)
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When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart



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Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vampires of London  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Columbia Gower studios were rather cramped so the production moved to Fine Arts Studio for the cemetery sequence. See more »


In the closing scenes as Andreas changes back into human form, there is a mole that appears on his right cheek, moves to the opposite cheek, then disappears altogether. The mole was present on the left cheek throughout the film. See more »


Armand Tesla: You're a fool Andreas a complete and utter fool for your fate is to be what you are as mine is to be what I am your MASTER !
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Lugosi still had it, but the script......?
29 August 2002 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

This beautifully shot B&W 1940s vampire film is loaded with the kind of old fashioned, spooky atmosphere that fans of classic Gothic horror will love. The fogbound sets are deliciously creepy, the graveyard & crypt sets nothing short of fabulous! The spooky music adds a lot as well. Bela Lugosi, about 60 here and well into the undeserved waning days of his career, is damn good. Tall, imposing, and as strong a screen prescence as ever, he raises questions as to why the often heartless and stupid film industry did not make better use of his talents. He shows here that he could certainly still carry a film and command the screen. But the script needed work. Matt Willis as the talking werewolf is laughable. When he's seen entering the graveyard carrying what looks like a package of Chinese laundry, I howled! I just couldn't see him running shopping errands in his werewolf garb! And no explanation is offered as to why the vampire's slave turns into a werewolf, a state he retains regardless of whether or not the moon is full. He's a wolf even in broad daylight. Still, this is a fun, somewhat creepy film, and Lugosi is always worthy of your time.

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