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The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Approved  |   |  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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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 The Werewolf (1956). See more »

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When Nina Foch is introduced to Lugosi, she is the granddaughter of Dr Saunders (Uncredited Gilbert Emery) and Lugosi comments on having met her grandfather. The next time they meet - Lugosi summons from sleep, she asks why he summoned her - he says 'you read your FATHER's manuscript'. In the prior scene he acknowledged that her grandfather was Dr Saunders but in the next scene refers to his notes as written by her father. See more »

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Horace: [Looking at all the bodies unearthed in the cemetery by the bomb] Blimey! Look at this! It's getting so it ain't even safe to be dead!
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Interesting take on Vampire movie genre
18 June 1999 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. It was unique in that the Vampire had a werewolf as his assistant. This werewolf wears a suit, talks, smiles and, in general, acts like a normal human being. The movie was basically a sequel to Dracula but the vampire played by Bela Lugosi could not use the name Dracula because this was a Columbia picture and Universal Studios had the legal rights to the Dracula character. But, it was still Lugosi at his scary, pompous best.


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