In 1918, an English family are terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family.
Bela Lugosi ... Armand Tesla / Dr. Hugo Bruckner
Frieda Inescort ... Lady Jane Ainsley
Nina Foch ... Nicki Saunders
Miles Mander ... Sir Frederick Fleet
Roland Varno ... John Ainsley
Matt Willis ... Andreas Obry
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This beautifully shot B&W 1940s vampire film is loaded with the kind of old fashioned, spooky atmosphere that fans of classic Gothic horror will love.
The fogbound sets are deliciously creepy, the graveyard & crypt sets nothing short of fabulous! The spooky music adds a lot as well.
Bela Lugosi, about 60 here and well into the undeserved waning days of his career, is damn good. Tall, imposing, and as strong a screen prescence as ever, he raises questions as to why the often heartless and stupid film industry did not make better use of his talents. He shows here that he could certainly still carry a film and command the screen.
But the script needed work. Matt Willis as the talking werewolf is laughable. When he's seen entering the graveyard carrying what looks like a package of Chinese laundry, I howled! I just couldn't see him running shopping errands in his werewolf garb! And no explanation is offered as to why the vampire's slave turns into a werewolf, a state he retains regardless of whether or not the moon is full. He's a wolf even in broad daylight.
Still, this is a fun, somewhat creepy film, and Lugosi is always worthy of your time.
Goof: Andreas Obry is breathing in the closing scene, but the rest of the characters speak about him as if he were dead.