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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 (8) | Top Critics (1)

But Legosi is the primary reason to give the film a look, and his playfully lithe performance is an utter delight.

March 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Bela Lugosi] marvelously embodies the sinister character. [Full review in Spanish]

September 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Lugosi's fine tackling a variation of his signature role -- even if he was already starting to look frail at this point in his career -- and the wartime setting adds some interesting elements.

February 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

January 3, 2008 | Full Review…

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

September 20, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

June 23, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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
Morgan Salem

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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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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