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The Return of the Vampire (1944)

The Return of the Vampire (1944)




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A vampire (Bela Lugosi) surfaces when a WW II Nazi bomb uncovers his London grave and he and his werewolf attache must sate their blood-lust frenzy.

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Bela Lugosi
as Armand Tesla
Matt Willis
as Andreas Obry
Nina Foch
as Nicki Saunders
Roland Varno
as John Ainsley
Frieda Inescort
as Lady Jane
Miles Mander
as Sir Frederick Fleet
Gilbert Emery
as Professor Saunders
Jeanne Bates
as Miss Norcutt (uncredited)
Sherlee Collier
as Nicki as a child (uncredited)
Donald Dewar
as John as a Child (uncredited)
Billy Bevan
as Horace - Civil Defense Worker (uncredited)
George McKay
as Cemetery Caretaker (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Return of the Vampire

All Critics (5)

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)

Audience Reviews for The Return of the Vampire

When a vampire's body is unearthed by a bombing raid on London during WWII, his stake is removed and he rises from the dead. With the help of his werewolf henchman, seeks revenge on the woman who staked him two decades earlier. Since Universal owned the rights to the Dracula franchise, Columbia had to make several changes to the story. The fact that the movie takes place in contemporary England, and that the vampire's assistant is a werewolf, are the only new twists in this movie, which in all other respects is a typical vampire movie from the golden age of monsters. Bela Lugosi delivers his lines with his usual flair. Althought he only played a vampire two other times on film - in the original Dracula and in the Abbott and Costello movie - he slips smoothly into the role he made famous. Nina Foch, cast as the requisite damsel in distress, is the only other actor of note and she does a credible job. The rest of the cast was nondescript, at best. Though I wouldn't call it a great movie it features a strong performance by Bela Lugosi and plenty of gothic atmosphere in the form of foggy graveyards and decaying crypts to make the film a more than passable example of the genre.

John Tandlich
John Tandlich

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

Rick LeBlanc
Rick LeBlanc

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

Morgan Salem
Morgan Salem

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