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The Return of Dracula / The Vampire (Midnite Movies Double Feature) (1958)

Francis Lederer , Norma Eberhardt , Paul Landres  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, John Wengraf, Virginia Vincent
  • Directors: Paul Landres
  • Writers: Pat Fielder
  • Producers: Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Side A: The Return Of Dracula Unholy Terror? Count on it, in this "well-made, tightly directed" fright fest (Variety) about sucking the blood out of the tourist trade! When Dracula (Francis Lederer) pulls up stakes from his native Europe and flees across the Atlantic, he tries to fit in by posing as the cousin of an unsuspecting American family. But when he starts sinking his teeth into every red-blooded thing California has to offer - he soon turns the Golden State...into a GHOULISH state! Side B: The Vampire The patients were sick...but the doctor was a sicko! When a small-town physician (John Beal) accidentally swallows experimental bat serum pills, he's soon up to his Hippocratic Oath in blood-thristy desire! Transformed into an undead fiend, the doctor finds himself sucked into a dark and sinister world - where he must save patients by day...and suck their blood by night!

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lost classic! And a lost....well, decent b-movie August 5, 2007
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Classic horror fans rejoice! Return of Dracula, though previously available on VHS, has been out-of-print for years. If you've never seen it, it's a suprisingly well-done black & white horror film from 1958.

In a plot that, oddly enough, echoes Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, Count Dracula (a sublime Francis Lederer) relocates to California to live with supposed relatives. And although it's unrelated to the Hammer Films' Dracula films of the same period, it certainly holds its own against those more-polished efforts. The vampire's demise is somewhat graphic for the time.

The Vampire, while arguably the lesser film here, is by no means a waste of time. John Beal generates sympathy as a small-down doctor afflicted with the "disease" of vampirism. Fifties genre favorite Kenneth Tobey is on hand as the local sheriff. While both of these films are basically drive-in stuff, The Vampire's low-budget roots are more obvious, particularly in some laughably-bad make-up work.

If you've been through most or all of the films in the Hammer, AIP or similar catalogs, you're in for a real treat here. Highly recommended for Return of Dracula alone.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Double Bill Now On DVD. August 28, 2007
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I have waited for years to see these titles on DVD and at last they are finally here. Anyone who grew up watching late night horror shows on local TV probably saw these films at one time or another especially THE RETURN OF DRACULA. Both were made by Gramercy Productions a division of Levy-Gardner-Laven, an outfit that produced shows for television in the 50's and 60's (most notably THE RIFLEMAN and THE BIG VALLEY).

What sets these 2 films apart from other B-movie horrors of the era are the use of once major stars (Francis Lederer, John Beal) who were really good actors, maximum use of their minimum budgets (like Val Lewton in the 40's), and the fact that both screenplays were written by a woman (Pat Fielder who did Hitchcock's SHADOW OF A DOUBT) which gives a slightly different perspective to the proceedings where you wind up caring more about the characters most notably John Beal in THE VAMPIRE. Unlike Val Lewton's pictures these are 1950's films and both contain some truly graphic moments which are still effective today.

Of the two my personal favorite is THE VAMPIRE although THE RETURN OF DRACULA is overall the better film. Excellent black and white photography and effective background music contribute to the overall atmosphere. While the low budget shows through from time to time and John Beal's make-up is a mixed bag (although THE VAMPIRE is a Jekyll/Hyde story rather than a supernatural one), if you're a fan of low budget 50's horror films than these both deliver the goods.

Now if MIDNITE MOVIES (which says MGM but is owned by Fox) would just double up THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD and THE FLAME BARRIER (the other two Gramercy films made at the same time) then that would be a real cause for celebration. You could then compare them with the Richard Gordon English horror/sci-fi films (see my Listmania lists) made at the same time and boy would that be a trip.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This little known gem 'The Return Of Dracula is making it's debut on DVD! It's about time and as a bonus it's on this double feature disc with 'The Vampire'! The Return Of Dracula is a very solid Vampire movie with good pacing and decent atmosphere. The acting is above average for this sort of movie and it has one of the most memorable endings in vampire movie history. Francis Lederer is menacing as the count with his black eyes and his deep facial lines. I did notice in one instance that when one of Dracula's wives got staked the picture turned to color to show the blood......Something I missed as a kid growing up with B&W TV and watching these on Creature Feature. I didn't remember that much about either of these films until I watched them on an HD Channel and then checked the quality on the DVD. Both prints seem to be in very good condition, but unfortunately the disc has no extras. 'The Return Of Dracula' is a much better film than other, but 'The Vampire' is hard to hate and it's a "Hoot Ta Boot"! This is an excellent double feature disc for old horror buffs.

1) The Return Of Dracula 4 Stars
2) The Vampires 2 1/2 Stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two minor classics finally released! August 18, 2007
I've been waiting for these 2 movies to be released on DVD and finally they will be. RETURN features an excellent portrayal of Dracula by Francis Lederer. No boo-hooing about the lonely life of a bloodsucker for him--his Dracula is pure and (given the way vamps are often portrayed today)refreshingly E-V-I-L. It's amazing that he really didn't want to play this part and not at all evident. VAMPIRE is another favorite, a really tragic tale of a caring doctor who accidentally becomes addicted to some experimental pills that cause him to regress into a vampire like beast. Both are highly recommended, minor classics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dracula returns - again! November 5, 2007
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It was a delight to receive this dvd because it had been one of my favourite 'modern' vampire films in my teend (I'm 60 now!) It was just as much fun as i remebered, and rather better made too.
Lederer is splendidly evil and the rather bloodless opponents make a good foil. I know who I was rooting for....
Thanks to all who made the trip down memory lane such a pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movies.
Published 4 days ago by rosemary
1.0 out of 5 stars I love old horror films
I love old horror films. These two are disappointments. The Dracula film lacks any kind of a sense if atmosphere and has an uninspiring cast. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Tyson Blair
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Published 22 days ago by lc116235
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love old horror
a real treat... if you love old horror classics
Published 23 days ago by Rob E. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Well acted movie
A well acted movie. The story is a bit different because of how he contracts the disease.
Published 1 month ago by John Wilson, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Any dvd that is older and has the "classic monsters" ...
Any dvd that is older and has the "classic monsters" in it is a must for my son. He has a huge dvd collection and could not wait to add this one to the shelf.
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining Dracula adaptation
1958's "The Return of Dracula" is an entertaining adaptation and is notable especially for Francis Lederer's portrayal of the evil count. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Z Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
This is an oldy but goody. No special effects in this movie . Some may see it pretty cheesy but I love it.
Published 4 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung return.
"The Return of Dracula" is probably one of the most underrated films in the Dracula pantheon. Five stars for sure.
Published 5 months ago by James P Bricks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie for it's kind
I saw this movie as a kid back in 1971. I grew up in Orange County, NY and on Saturday afternoons there was "Creature Feature" that would show this and other horror movies from the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Juan Cazador
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