The Return Of The Vampire

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Bela Lugosi, who played a phony vampire in Tod Browning's MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, essays the real thing here for the first time since DRACULA (1931), though the famous count's name couldn't be used because Universal owned the rights to it. In WW II London, German bombing releases vampire Armand Tesla (Lugosi) from his grave. Aided by a werewolf named Andreas...read more

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Bela Lugosi, who played a phony vampire in Tod Browning's MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, essays the real thing here for the first time since DRACULA (1931), though the famous count's name couldn't be used because Universal owned the rights to it. In WW II London, German bombing releases vampire

Armand Tesla (Lugosi) from his grave. Aided by a werewolf named Andreas (Matt Willis) and opposed by Lady Jane (Frieda Inescort), who operates an asylum, Tesla goes in search of young ladies to supply him with blood. It is not Lady Jane but Andreas, however, who proves to be Tesla's undoing, as

the werewolf decides to go straight and finishes off the vampire by dragging him from his coffin and into the sunlight while he sleeps. For the final scene depicting the vampire's deterioration, a wax mask was made of Lugosi, placed over a skull, and melted; however, the effect was deemed too

graphic for British audiences and edited out of the UK release. Lugosi is properly menacing as the vampire, and Lew Landers' atmospheric direction makes this a fairly memorable, although minor horror venture. Surprisingly, though he is most often identified with his vampire roles, Lugosi only

played a blood-sucker three times--in this film, DRACULA, and ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948).

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  • Review: Bela Lugosi, who played a phony vampire in Tod Browning's MARK OF THE VAMPIRE, essays the real thing here for the first time since DRACULA (1931), though the famous count's name couldn't be used because Universal owned the rights to it. In WW II London, Ge… (more)

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