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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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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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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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Francis Lederer makes a suave Dracula...
5 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

With Dracula coming to live with a nice normal family in a small town in California, there's a trace of "Shadow of a Doubt" in the design of the story. He arrives by train (a la Joseph Cotten) in the person of FRANCIS LEDERER who has fled from Europe.

He's given a cordial welcome from the family and then the fun begins. The daughter seems to have the Teresa Wright role as the cousin who admires her uncle but senses something strange about him. Dracula keeps his distance from her. When invited to a Halloween party, he declares: "I have no social graces for large gatherings." Nevertheless, suspense builds as a series of incidents arise behind which we know he has played a part.

Lederer plays the part with such sinister glances that it's a wonder nobody in the household suspects anything except the girl's cynical boyfriend. The ending in the cave makes for a suitable climax to the story.

Summing up: Not quite as chilling as any of the Dracula films with Bela Lugosi, but still above average low-budget thriller.


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