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The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

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.

Director:

Bob Kelljan

Writers:

Bob Kelljan (screenplay), Yvonne Wilder (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Quarry ... Count Yorga
Mariette Hartley ... Cynthia Nelson
Roger Perry ... Dr. David Baldwin
Yvonne Wilder ... Jennifer Nelson
Tom Toner ... Rev. Thomas Westwood Orphanage
Rudy De Luca ... Lt. Madden (as Rudy DeLuca)
Philip Frame Philip Frame ... Tommy
George Macready ... Prof. Rightstat
Walter Brooke ... Bill Nelson
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Brudda - Yorga's Valet
Craig T. Nelson ... Sgt. O'Connor (as Craig Nelson)
David Lampson David Lampson ... Jason - Ellen's Boyfriend
Karen Ericson ... Ellen Nelson (as Karen Houston)
Helen Baron Helen Baron ... Mrs. Marcia Nelson
Jesse Welles ... Mitzi Carthay (as Jesse Wells)
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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 overlord of the damned See more »

Genres:

Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yorga Returns See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The on-screen title was "Yorga Returns" when CBS played it in the 1970's. See more »

Quotes

Count Yorga: Mr. Baldwin, I suggest you seriously anticipate the possibility of anything. One never knows when one might encounter some of the more unusual truths that exist in our world.
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Follows Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) See more »

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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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Re-imagining the Count
10 July 2010 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Equally scary revision of the Count Yorga story finds the debonair Count (Quarry) and his henchman Bruder (Walsh) up to no good at a children's orphanage where the lovely Cynthia (Hartley) works as a carer. Enchanted by the impressionable Hartley, the Count offers her eternal life, risking his longevity for the frail human emotion of love. But, Roger Perry returns as the proverbial fly in Yorga's ointment, and another tense stand-off ensues.

Director Kelljan returns for the revision, bringing his highly visual sense of haunting romance, and employing a more experienced cast that includes Walter Brooke in a brief but memorable role as Cynthia's ill-fated dad, and George MacReady as a hard-of-hearing expert in the occult. Film buffs will also relish early performances by Mike Pataki, Jesse Wells and future "Poltergeist" leading man, Craig T. Nelson. Special mention must also go to comedian Rudy DeLuca for his comic timing as the police chief. The dialogue is once again poetically bent with subtle, dry humour, and the sometimes hand-held cinematography adds that element of realism that gets the pulse racing.

While it's essentially much of the same (the scene in which Lampson and Perry postulate the implausibility of vampires is almost identical in both structure and content to Perry and Michael MacReady's discussion in the first film), "Return" doesn't diminish the Count Yorga character or its cult status. Quarry plays his role straight, and with the conviction of a consummate professional, which in spite of its relative obscurity, elevates Count Yorga beyond most of its more commercial peers.


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