- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000UDGOBG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,773 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Return of Dracula & Vampire [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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'The Return Of Dracula' ( aka 'The Curse Of Dracula' ) stars Francis Lederer in the title role, who comes to stay with a family in a small American town, posing as their European cousin. His intention , of course, is to make vampires of them. Francis Lederer certainly looks the part and he has the right accent, having been born in Czechoslovakia.
'The Vampire' ( aka 'Mark Of The Vampire' ) stars John Beal as a small-town American physician who rather stupidly swallows some pills entrusted to him by a scientist who has just died in mysterious circumstances. The effect of the pills is to turn him into a blood-sucking vampire who kills his victims at night. The storyline is really more Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde than Dracula. The excellent Kenneth Tobey plays the town sheriff.
These movies are in black and white and in widescreen. The quality is superb.
The Vampire is directed by Paul Landres who would be best known in his Hollywood career for directing television shows- some of them legendary. He gives us a look at Americana in the 50s, with the movie mostly shot on location in bright sunny California suburbs. This is the magic of the movie, one scene we are relaxed the next Landres can turn his movie into a nightmarish moment. Notice the scene with his secretary and the old woman have a brisk walk- all is calm and relaxed and them boom! one of them ends up dying vicously.
Criminally underrated- John Beal plays a single father who adores his little girl but sees little of her as he's a doctor on call. A dying friend gives him some pills and his daughter gives him one by mistake after her dad has a headache and he becomes addicted. At night he is the vampire. The make up is good and the all round acting by everybody works a treat. Sure it is a film of its time, but this is an open window for us all to glimpse back to the 50s.
A great movie. Please note this release also contains The Return of Dracula which will be reviewed later.
The Return Of Dracula had, or has, a certain cachet, not quite cult, but a fond respect ffrom horror movie fans. Unfortunately it hasn't worn very well and, while for the period it was moderately chilling, it now seems stiff and mannered. I've also come to hate (the portrayal of) 50's teens in these horror movies with a vengeance. I'm surprised the kids at the time didn't burn down the cinema for the patronising way in which they were presented (unless American teens really were like that).
The Vampire is pretty tame and everyone in the cast behaves with remarkable stupidity when it's blatantly obvious who the killer is.
Still, what a great transfer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Black and white at its best. The Return of Dracula, the long lost relative arrives to America from Romania. Read morePublished 22 months ago by David
I need to say that I have only seen 'Return of Dracula' elsewhere but maybe my review of the film will help someone. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2014 by Mario
Two surprisingly good low budget horror movies receive excellent transfers in this double bill dvd release. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by Adrian Drew
If you are into the old black and white horror's you should enjoy watching these two films.
They are not scary as such but good little films to curl up in bed with the lights... Read more
TWO VAMPIRE FILMS IN THIS PACKAGE. RETURN OF DRACULA CAN STILL CHILL YOU AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. VAMPIRE IS ALSO GOODPublished on 1 July 2013 by John Kennedy