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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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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)  »

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Curse of Dracula  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It's interesting that Gerald Fried who previously scored Kubrick's "Paths of Glory," did the score of Return of Dracula and used DIES IRAE throughout this film, which later was used as the theme in Kubrick's "The Shining". See more »

Goofs

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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Spoofed in Danger Mouse: The Return of Count Duckula (1983) See more »

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DIES IRAE
(from Gregorian Chants)
Arranged by Gerald Fried
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An effective and atmospheric chiller.
10 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film when it was originally released in 1958 and it literally scared the hell out of me. Once I got significantly older and happened to see it available on video, I purchased it for old times sake. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it had lost not one iota of it's power! The casting of the suave Francis Lederer in the title role was a master stroke. It indeed does bring back memories of the superb "Shadow of a Doubt". Although a low budget entry, it still causes uneasiness to its viewers. Gerald Fried's eerie score is a plus too. It was largely overshadowed in 1958 by the "Horror of Dracula" (also a fine film as any Draculaphile would agree) but it deserves to be recognized as the fine chiller it is. i heartily recommend it to any fan of good thrillers.


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