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The Return of the Vampire (1944)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  1 January 1944 (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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In 1918, an English family are terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Matt Willis' make-up was reused by Columbia make-up man Clay Campbell on Steven Ritch in 1956's "The Werewolf." See more »

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In the establishing shot of Tesla's book (which shows Tesla's picture on one page and the text on the other) the text is in a fairly small font and the lines spread wide across the page. In the second close-up insert of the text itself, the font is considerably larger and the lines considerably narrower. See more »

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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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OK but forgettable
20 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1918 Lady Jane Amsley (Freida Inescort) helps kill Armand Tesla (Bela Lugosi) with a stake through the heart and reform his werewolf helper Andreas (don't ask). 26 years later Tesla's stake is accidentally removed during a Nazi bombing and he decides to take revenge on Lady Amsley--through her son and his bride to be (Nina Foch).

I saw this many times on TV as a kid and loved it. Seeing it as an adult it (sadly) doesn't hold up. The lapses in logic in the plot that I happily ignored in my youth come glaring out now. For starters--a WEREWOLF assistant? How? And why? Also the makeup on Andreas is pretty laughable. And it seems he does Tesla's laundry (!!!) too. How did all the fog get in the house when Tesla goes after Nicki? And a stake in a heart doesn't totally kill a vampire? Lugosi also looks pretty terrible here--but he was in his 60s and a drug addict.

As for the good things--the acting is good. Inescort and Foch are very good and Lugosi is excellent (but he always was). Matt Willis is also pretty good as Andreas. The movie looks great and is very atmospheric. Also I like how they worked WWII into the story. I LOVE the glowing crucifix on the organ (always impressed me as a kid) and the final scene is memorable.

This is probably remembered as one of the three times that Lugosi played an actual vampire--the other two were "Dracula" and "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" ("Mark of the Vampire" doesn't count). Overall it's OK but the gaps in logic were too big for me to forget. It's OK viewing--just turn your brain off.


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