Wednesday, October 25, 2006

31 Days of Halloween - Day 25 Movie 2

"The Return of Count Yorga" (1971) is a sequel that is far superior to the original. There's a sense of real dread that runs through this movie from the first frame, to the last, with only some missteps in flat humor marring the path. Yorga returns, and sets his sights on a neighboring orphanage, and Mariette Hartley, who works there. There are some truly brutal, chilling moments in this movie. Quarry returns as the suave count with extra disdain in his performance. Roger Perry, who was also in "Count Yorga Vampire" returns as a different character with almost exactly the same role he had in the first movie. A young Craig T. Nelson plays a skeptical detective.

While I'd seen the first Count Yorga movie a few times over the years, this is the first time I'd seen the sequel, and it was a real treat. I highly recommend this movie.

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