Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Return Of The Vampire (1944)

Starring Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Miles Mander, Roland Varno
Directed by Lew Landers
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A pair of scientists track down the resting place of a vampire and destroy him, but two decades later, the vampire is resurrected, and seeks revenge on them and their children.

Providing Bela Lugosi one of his final starring roles for a major studio, this film is a worthwhile and atmospheric chiller, with sets drenched in fog and a perfect mood-setting score from Mario Tedesco.  As a vampire film, it doesn't offer anything more to the genre besides Inescort's female protagonist, rare for a horror picture, and its wartime blitz setting, but is welcome for offering Lugosi an opportunity to return to the screen in another Dracula-like role.  Actor Matt Willis also provides a memorable performance as the vampire's loyal werewolf henchman.

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