The Return Of The Vampire (1944)
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In 1918, an English family are terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family.
BEAUTY at the mercy of a MONSTER!
Title: Return Of The Vampire, The
Release Date: January 01, 1944
Runtime: 69 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Buried.com Rating: 6.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R
MPAA Rating: Approved
Bela Lugosi ...Armand Tesla / Dr. Hugo Bruckner
Frieda Inescort ...Lady Jane Ainsley
Nina Foch ...Nicki Saunders
Miles Mander ...Sir Frederick Fleet
Roland Varno ...John Ainsley
Matt Willis ...Andreas Obry
William Austin ...Det. Gannett
Jeanne Bates ...Miss Norcutt (first victim)
Billy Bevan ...Horace (Civil Defense worker)
Sydney Chatton ...Peters (deck clerk)
Sherlee Collier ...Nicki s a child
Harold De Becker ...Civil Defense worker #2
Leslie Denison ...Det. Lynch
Donald Dewar ...John as a child
Gilbert Emery ...Dr. Walter Saunders
Olaf Hytten ...Ben (Lady Jane's butler)
Nelson Leigh ...Sir Frederick's office assistant
George McKay ...Cemetery caretaker
Ottola Nesmith ...Elsa (governess)
Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco
The Return Of The Vampire Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- BEAUTY at the mercy of a MONSTER!
- Eerie! Terrifying! Chilling!
- The Vampire's Prey... a Beautiful Girl! Compelled to follow his commands! The blood of her fiancÚ on his hands! How can she escape the vampire?
- Can She Escape the Vampire?
- Eerie! Chilling! Screamy!
- Terrifying! Paralyzing! Horrifying!
- Armand Tesla: I sleep... during the day. I am not to be disturbed... during the day.
Narrator: [Opening lines before main title] The imagination at times sees the fantastic and the grotesque. that the imagination of man can soar into the stratosphere of fantasy is attested by the... [main title] Narrator: The Return of the Vampire.
Andreas Obry: [to Tesla] Master, it's night again... beautiful, dark, silent night with the fog creeping in. Time for you to awaken, Master. Time for you to go out. [Tesla's hand opens the coffin]
Lady Jane Ainsley: Your eyes look like burning coals. Don't come any nearer. Don't touch me.
Andreas Obry: Helo me, Master. I am hurt! Armand Tesla: What is that to me?
- The action of the prologue takes place beginning 15 October 1918, while the balance of the film takes place in late summer, early autumn of 1940 (according the the Regent Hall concert program shown).
This is possibly the first vampire film to actually show the vampire dissolve/disintegrate on camera.
The text of Tesla's book as shown is: "THE SUPERNATURAL AND ITS MANIFESTATIONS By Dr. Armand Tesla. From the beginning of time, man has been troubled by the uncertainty of death and by the rare and horrible manifestations which occur at intervals in which the dead are known to return from their grave. Such people are known as vampires or werewolves. Scientific men throughout the ages have endeavored to delve into the mystery that has baffled them The most ancient writings have mentioned this strange phenomenon and it has always left the writer baffled. It is a known certainty that these beings do do return to earth and have been known to attack humans. They have at times left horrible marks of their visits. The victim of such an attack by the un-dead insists upon the memory of a horrible dream, or nightmare. In addition, there are lacerations about the size of pin-pricks, on the throat and an almost total absence of blood in the body. They strike with such suddenness that it has been impossible to locate their coming and going and it is usually a case of sudden death to the unfortunate victim. Some tribes have recorded the visits of these beings and scientific research has revealed them to be beyond the realm of superstition. From the beginning of time..." (text begins repeating at this point.)
Columbia originally intended this film as a direct sequel to Dracula (1931), but when Universal threatened them with a plagiarism suit, Columbia went ahead and made the film anyway but changed the names of the characters to avoid any connection with "Dracula".
This appears to be the first horror film ever made in which both a vampire and a werewolf are characters, anticipating Universal's House of Frankenstein (1944) (released 11 months later) and House of Dracula (1945), as well as the the recent "Underworld" movies.
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