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The Return of Dracula (1958)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  April 1958 (USA)
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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 ...
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John Merriman
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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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Curse of Dracula  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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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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When Rachel goes to the window in her bedroom, the crucifix is shown outside of her nightgown, but when she leans out the window the crucifix isn't shown, then it is when she goes back in the bedroom. 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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DIES IRAE
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Arranged by Gerald Fried
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Surprisingly effective and stylish low-budget horror
15 January 2001 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I picked up The Return of Dracula on a whim for $5 at The Warehouse, expecting it to be a silly old B-movie. What a surprise I got.

I usually can't stand vampire movies (George Romero's Martin is my idea of a really good one), but this is one of the best I've seen. Visually, it's stylish and atmospheric. The script is above average. The music is effective, if a little pompous and overbearing at times. What makes the movie really click, though, is Francis Lederer as Dracula. His portrayal of fangface is as good as any I've ever seen.

The rest of the cast are competent, which makes them well above average for this sort of thing. The famed colour insert was present in my cheapo copy, which made up for the somewhat dodgy sound quality. Some of the scare scenes hold up quite well even 40+ years on. I'd recommend Return of Dracula highly to anyone who enjoys classy old B&W horror.


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