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The Return of Dracula (1958)

PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | April 1958 (USA)
After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

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Norma Eberhardt ...
Rachel Mayberry
Ray Stricklyn ...
Tim Hansen
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John Merriman
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Jennie Blake
Gage Clarke ...
Reverend Doctor Whitfield
Jimmy Baird ...
Mickey Mayberry
Greta Granstedt ...
Cora Mayberry
Enid Yousen ...
Frieda
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Storyline

Count Dracula kills a passenger on a train in Transylvania and assumes his identity. He travels to a small community in California where the Mayberrys are expecting their cousin from Europe. His strange behavior, sleeping all day and going out at night are surprising to young miss Rachel Mayberry. A policeman from Europe comes to investigate while Rachel's best friend Jenny dies unexpectedly. And the count plans on giving Rachel the gift of eternal life... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Rated PG for images of vampire violence | See all certifications »

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April 1958 (USA)  »

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Curse of Dracula  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Hammer classic "Horror of Dracula" was issued shortly after this low budget black and white feature, quickly forgotten in the wake of Christopher Lee's successful portrayal in vivid color. See more »

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Before Meiermann interviews Doctor Rev. Whitfield,there is an establishing shot of the front of the residence where they meet. The sign that hangs outside indicates that the house belongs to Dr. Paul Beecher, Phyisican Surgeon, but there is no Dr. Paul Beecher in "The Return of Dracula." Instead, the same people who made "The Return of Dracula" had previously made "The Vampire" where Dr. Paul Beecher was the protagonist. The shot is up momentarily, but it is clearly a shot from "The Vampire." See more »

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[first lines]
narrator: It is a known fact that there existed in Central Europe a Count Dracula. Though human in appearance and cultured in manner, he was in truth a thing undead... a force of evil... a vampire. Feeding on the blood of innocent people, he turned them into his own kind, thus spreading his evil dominion ever wider. The attempts to find and destroy this evil were never proven fully successful, and so the search continues to this very day.
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Featured in Vincent Price's Dracula (1982) See more »

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DIES IRAE
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Arranged by Gerald Fried
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Dracula visits the Cleavers
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One almost expects Ward, June, Wally and the Beav to visit too...Yes, this is an underrated masterpiece. "What? What did you say?" In the main title Dracula is shown standing still behind a three-stick candle...the "scene" reminds me of an icon in a Byzantine Catholic or Orthodox church...and what happens when Jennie is staked...Cousin Bellac temporarily reels and almost faints...reminds me of "Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers you do unto me"...and that line, "You will arise reborn in ME!"...there's a discernible anti-theology here and I hope whoever was responsible for it didn't believe it. But I'd not be surprised if there were a cult-especially in CA-which worships Dracula. The most chilling scene in the film is the scene in which Rachel is primping at the downstairs mirror, but-to me-the most chilling line of dialogue is the interchange between the pastor and Cousin Bellac concerning Rachel's charm, when Cousin Bellac says, "Why yes...I daresay she'd even charm the devil himself." Lederer-may he rest in peace-may have hated this film, but he turned in a truly great performance. Pity this film is so little credited.


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