The Return of the Vampire (1944)

The Return of the Vampire




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He looks like Dracula, talks like Dracula and dresses like Dracula; but since the movie rights to Dracula were controlled by Universal, Bela Lugosi's character name is Armand Tesla in Columbia's Return of the Vampire. Bringing the Old Legend up to date, the film contrives to have the blood-sucking Tesla rise from his coffin when his tomb is blasted open during the London Blitz. Making up for lost time (he's been interred since WW1), Tesla enlists the aid of talking werewolf Andreas (Matt … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Faye & Griffin Jay, Griffin Jay, Randall H. Faye
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Armand Tesla

as Andreas Obry

as Nicki Saunders

as John Ainsley

as Lady Jane

as Sir Frederick Fleet

as Professor Saunders

as Gannett

as Miss Norcutt (uncred...

as Nicki as a child (un...

as John as a Child (unc...

as Horace - Civil Defen...

as Cemetery Caretaker (...
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Critic Reviews for The Return of the Vampire

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Set during WWII, the film tries to combine wartime propaganda and horror.

Full Review… | January 3, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

One of Bela Lugosi's better later day roles since he played Dracula in the 1930s for Universal.

Full Review… | September 20, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A straightforward -- almost by-the-numbers -- vampire movie, and one that stays on something like a high school level of horror, but with a strong Lugosi performance.

Full Review… | June 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

June 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Return of the Vampire

ok i bet the beging was dumb but who cares its bela as a vampire! haha

Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

Dracula (Lugosi) returns from being staked in the end of the last film, which really isn't supposed to be able to happen, but the writers wanted to make a sequel, so ta-da! The story is stupid and disappointing to the fans, but Lugosi gives a pretty good performance anyway.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Bela Lugosi as vampire Armand Tesler accidently set free during London's blitz bombardment during WWII.

Rick LeBlanc

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