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The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

R | | 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:
Jennifer Nelson
Lt. Madden (as Rudy DeLuca)
Philip Frame ...
Bill Nelson
Edward Walsh ...
Sgt. O'Connor (as Craig Nelson)
David Lampson ...
Jason - Ellen's Boyfriend
Karen Ericson ...
Ellen Nelson (as Karen Houston)
Helen Baron ...
Mrs. Marcia Nelson
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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The on-screen title was "Yorga Returns" when CBS played it in the 1970's. 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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Referenced in Bite Marks (2011) See more »


This Song
Written by Marilyn Lovell (as Marilynn Lovell), Yvonne Wilder, Bob Kelljan,
Bill Marx
Performed by Vocal Arts Studio
Bill Bohen, Director
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Cracking sequel to perennial cult favourite
30 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ah, the seventies. Don't you miss 'em? Even the trash had class. This sequel is even jocular than the original but any laughter soon becomes forced as director Kelljan seems to have an unnerving understanding of evil, creating a disquieting atmosphere which borders on verite and never relaxes it's disturbing grip. Great photography of swamplands. There is one really distressing scene with a mute housekeeper who is unable to scream upon discovery of multiple murder. She is also unable to articulate the evil of a boy she knows is lying about the death of his parents. It's a great performance. The film also features Mariette Hartley, an actress who was once tipped for the top but never quite managed it, through no fault of her own. The scenes where this women of a sweet Christian nature is stalked by a harem of taunting vampires and trapped by Yorga himself are strongly performed. Hard to know what this film's attitude to life and religion is though, although an early speech by Yorga gives hints (being a predator is not morally pernicious), it just has this odd atmosphere.

Quarry is great and has the best line in dry wit. While attending an orphanage party he finds himself by a piano with a kid banging away on the keys. "Do you like Beethoven, mister?" he asks. "When played well", Yorga disdainfully replies. Great stuff. How Yorga's man servant continues to do his job so well in this film is something of a mystery. He was killed in the first one.

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