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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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Count Dracula, posing as Bellac Gordal
Norma Eberhardt ...
Rachel Mayberry
Ray Stricklyn ...
Tim Hansen
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John Merriman
Virginia Vincent ...
Jennie Blake
Gage Clarke ...
Reverend Doctor Whitfield
Jimmy Baird ...
Mickey Mayberry
Greta Granstedt ...
Cora Mayberry
Enid Yousen ...
Frieda
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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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The most terrifying name in the history of the world now gives you the most horrifying thrill in the history of motion pictures! See more »


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

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April 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Curse of Dracula  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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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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[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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Well done low budget Hitchcock homage
21 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This well made and nicely restored vampire film takes the basic set-up of Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943)--sinister relative comes to visit wholesome family in small town, where young girl of family has an unspoken affinity with him--and reveals the vampire subtext of Hitchcock's more psychologically oriented film. Without excessive blood and gore and teeth, it manages to create an eerie atmosphere that many more expensive horror films never quite achieve. Francis Lederer, in one of his last roles before he retired from movies to live prosperously from his real estate investments, does a great job. For fans of Hollywood locations, Dracula's crypt is set in Bronson Caves, more usually a setting for low-budget westerns.


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