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The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

GP | | Horror | 20 August 1971 (USA)
Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Nelson
Dr. David Baldwin
Jennifer Nelson
Rev. Thomas Westwood Orphanage
Lt. Madden (as Rudy DeLuca)
Philip Frame ...
Prof. Rightstat
Bill Nelson
Edward Walsh ...
Brudda - Yorga's Valet
Sgt. O'Connor (as Craig Nelson)
David Lampson ...
Jason - Ellen's Boyfriend
Karen Ericson ...
Ellen Nelson (as Karen Houston)
Helen Baron ...
Mrs. Liza Nelson
Jesse Welles ...
Mitzi Carthay (as Jesse Wells)


Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.

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20 August 1971 (USA)  »

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Richard H. Campbell of the rock group The Gang has a cameo in the party scene. See more »


Count Yorga: Cynthia, I have survived many, many years. Now you appear. A most fragile emotion known has entered my life. And I must fear the most, for it will surely threaten my ability to survive. You, Cynthia, have brought to my life a gentle pain I can only define as love. Can you love me?
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References The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) See more »


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Eerie winds, nasty sandpits and sinister vampires!
9 October 2016 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

It's been like a decade or so since I watched the original "Count Yorga, Vampire", and in all honesty I don't remember too much about the plot. What I do recall, however, and quite vividly even, is that the film benefited from a particularly sinister and hypnotizing atmosphere that made it creepy even though not a whole lot was happening. The titular character is quite unique and intriguing as well. Even though he's a vampire count dressed in a typical black and red cloak and surrounded by a coven of white-faced vampire brides, Yorga isn't anything like the legendary Count Vlad Dracula. "The Return of Count Yorga" is a very entertaining and reasonably well-made horror sequel with a very straightforward but solid plot, engaging performances from the ensemble cast and – most of all – many moments of truly tense and unsettling horror! Seriously, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a handful of sequences were genuinely macabre and dark! Early in the beginning, for instance, a little boy drives his bike through the woods and suddenly the brides start emerging from the dirt, guided by the sound of eerie winds. This is quite a scary sight even for experienced genre fanatics. There are many more frightening parts, including the disposal of corpses in sandpits and the crude and relentless butchering of an entire happy family. Count Yorga takes an interest in a beautiful blond teacher who works as a volunteer in a remote orphanage. He does what every avid romanticist would do, namely murder her entire family and take her back to his castle. Yorga tells her that her loved ones died in a horrible car accident and assumes that she will gradually fall for his charms, but he didn't take into account that she also had a boyfriend and he's not planning to let her go that easily. There are few fascinating supportive characters, notably the residents of the orphanage like the deaf-mute girl and the strange boy who appears to be under Yorga's spell, and there's even room for comic relief as well. The count watches Hammer vampire movies on TV and reacts slightly offended when not he but another guy dressed as a vampire wins the price for most original costume at a dress-up party. In case you're a fan of cinematic bloodsuckers, but need a change from the average Dracula adaptation or the Twilight fairies (God forbid…), then I wholeheartedly recommend getting acquainted with Robert Quarry and his vile alter ego Count Yorga!

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