Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »
Edward L. Cahn
Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.
Count Dracula kills a passenger on a train in Transylvania and assumes his identity. He travels to a small community in California where the Mayberrys are expecting their cousin from Europe. His strange behavior, sleeping all day and going out at night are surprising to young miss Rachel Mayberry. A policeman from Europe comes to investigate while Rachel's best friend Jenny dies unexpectedly. And the count plans on giving Rachel the gift of eternal life...Written by
The Hammer classic "Horror of Dracula" was issued shortly after this low budget black and white feature, quickly forgotten in the wake of Christopher Lee's successful portrayal in vivid color. See more »
When Rachel goes to the window in her bedroom, the crucifix is shown outside of her nightgown, but when she leans out the window the crucifix isn't shown, then it is when she goes back in the bedroom. See more »
It is a known fact that there existed in Central Europe a Count Dracula. Though human in appearance and cultured in manner, he was in truth a thing undead... a force of evil... a vampire. Feeding on the blood of innocent people, he turned them into his own kind, thus spreading his evil dominion ever wider. The attempts to find and destroy this evil were never proven fully successful, and so the search continues to this very day.
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I saw this on a revival double feature with I was very young. I don't remember the other picture, but that was the one that I had gone to see. I had no idea about "The Return of Dracula," but Francis Lederer nearly scared me to death. After watching his wonderful performance as Count Dracula, I was literally petrified walking home in the dark. My home was only four blocks from the movie house and I was about ten. Behind every tree, bush or dark spot, I expected Lederer to appear. Boy, was I happy to get back into my house!
I was pleased to see it, years later, on television where I taped a very good copy. The movie is still frightening, mainly because of the expert direction, the creepy score and the total dedication of the actors. Norma Eberhardt was both beautiful and believable as Rachel, the young "cousin" who had a slight crush on Lederer. Her horny boyfriend, played by Ray Stricklyn, was appropriately jealous and Virginia Vincent ("Helen Morgan Story," "I Want to Live!") as Jennie Blake, the blind girl who became one of Lederer's victims, were both very effective. Miss Eberhardt had the stuff to become a big star, what happened? Francis Lederer, with his craggy face, watery eyes, was downright "pornographic" when he gazed into Rachel's eyes. You just KNOW he wanted her sexually, not just for her blood.
With such piffle as "Dead Man Walk" with George Zucco out on DVD, this wonderfully scary film deserves the same respect.
DON'T MISS THIS ONE! And, don't watch it alone!
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