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Bela's Back- in "Return of the Vampire"- Tonight!

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 Our Halloween month of movies kicks off with a film that has never run on MeTV- and gives us the tricky treat of the great Bela Lugosi once again taking on the role of an undead blood-sucker out for revenge against a family that endeavored to end his career of making unauthorized transfusions- it’s the 1943 chiller “Return of the Vampire”!

Our story begins with Sir Fredrick Fleet of Scotland Yard going over the notes of an Oxford professor, Walter Saunders, from nearly a quarter decade ago, describing an unbelievable incident- in which a vampire, aided by a werewolf lackey, sought out the whereabouts of one of his victims- a woman who has been taken to the clinic of doctor Lady Jane Ainsley, who is baffled by the cause of the victim’s anemia. Living on the premises are the Lady’s son and Saunders’ grand-daughter. When the vampire finds his original victim is not alone- he attacks the young girl!

Meanwhile, the original victim has passed away- and Prof. Saunders spend the night reading a treatise about vampires , written some two hundred years ago by one Armand Tesla. In the morning, he sees that the dead woman’s neck has marks on it that make him believe she was a victim of a vampire. He has trouble getting Lady Jane to believe it- until they discover the young grand-daughter Nikki now bears the same marks! They manage to save her, and are convinced that action must be taken- the Prof. and Lady Jane go to search the cemetery- ready to drive a spike through the vampire’s heart! They succeed in their mission- and, with the vampire’s demise, his werewolf assistant returns to human form, released from the vampire’s curse.

We return to the present 24 years later- and some grim news; Sir Fredrick feels they must find the body of this alleged vampire- and, if things are as described- he plans to accuse Lady Jane of murder, since there is no proof that the body in question was actually a genuine vampire- and she would have killed a living person! Lady Jane maintains that she took out a two hundred year old vampire- actually, Armand Tesla himself- whose morbid fascination with vampires cause him to become one ( just one of the handful of divergences from the usual vampire/werewolf lore we’ve learned in movies)!

Back at her clinic, Lady Jane tells her son John, now an adult, about the possible charge against her. Her claim will be supported if they just find the body, and it hasn’t decomposed! They decide not to tell any of this to Nikki- the grand-daughter who is also now an adult- and, actually, John’s fiancée- because they don’t want to remind her of her childhood brush with the vampire!

Entering and hearing about their plans is Andreas- the former assistant to Tesla , restored to  humanity, and now working at the clinic. When he hears about the plans to find Tesla’s body, he is truly upset, recalling his werewolf past.

Since the time period is now that of  World War II, a bombing raid on the area causes some damage at the cemetery- which results in- Tesla being revived! Andreas, sent by Lady Jane to pick up a scientist who escaped from the Nazis  to work in Britain, encounters his old master- and reverts to his werewolf form! Doing the vampire’s bidding, he arranges for Tesla to assume the scientist’s identity- and begin his plot to take revenge on Lady Jane and her loved ones!

This film , as we will explain, was actually planned as a sort of sequel to Lugosi’s  original “Dracula”- we’ll tell you why that was changed, and, of course, run down the cast, which includes not only Bela ,but lovely Nina Foch- whom you’ll also see in next week’s show. We’ll bring you a new song, some interviews with cast members of a certain more contemporary vampire movie, a commercial for a must-have product for vampire hunters, and, in honor of the baseball season winding up, show Sven’s adventures from this summer as a guest of the Windy City Thunderbolts!

"Return of the Vampire" awaits you on Me-TV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central, or, if unsure of station and time in your area, please check your local listings or at  www.metv.com    MeTV would love for you to live-Tweet along with the scores of Sven fans on Twitter during the show, using the hashtag  #svengoolie   at the end of all your posts! Chicago viewers can finish up the Gill Man trilogy with “The Creature Walks Among Us” on WCIU, the U, at 11 am. Let me remind you, again, that we will have the original “Creature from the Black Lagoon” for you later this year.

Having completed our visit to the Drury Lane production of “Little Shop of Horrors” last night- we now prepare to appear in the 50th anniversary Houby Parade – yes, in BERWYN - tomorrow, with the  parade kicking off at noon! In the upcoming week- be prepared to pick up Mad Magazine #4 , featuring a fun satire of –yours truly! Then, next Saturday,  a full day of appearances- check out the info under the “appearances” tab right here on our site- with more to come!

Better pack some snacks that are heavy on the garlic for tonight- just to be safe- when you tune into our show on MeTV!

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The1Butler 1 month ago
I'm I in the right time zone? All posts have days old dates
Catbat 1 month ago
Hey Gang, Good Svengoolie Eve Evening All!
Well Coraline is home! Pooped but home.
Funeral yesterday so that's why no post.
Guess who's son is Homecoming King 👑?
daleuhlmann Catbat 1 month ago
What a good looking prom couple, dear. Remy's black shirt and red tie go great together, and Nicole's dress is simply lovely.
TheKodakKid Catbat 1 month ago
Congrats to Remy. I wonder if he’s as proud of it as his mom is?
And congrats on the self restraint from cropping the girl out of the pic.
Catbat TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Haha she's like one of his best friends! He got a girlfriend today (official) Taylor. He's VERY eggcited!
Catbat Catbat 1 month ago
Not nearly as Proud! Coyote Pride!
Ravenwoman 1 month ago
1MikeM -I'll sign off tonight with a little Crow for ya.

1MikeM Ravenwoman 1 month ago
Thanks Michele. I really appreciate it. Definitely one of my favorites. I always enjoy listening to this one.
Ravenwoman 1 month ago
Good night, all! Enjoy the movie tomorrow night! Bill K, congrats on being number one tomorrow! 🤣 Who else? LOL! 💓💋😁🗽🐺
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
How does the werewolf I posted earlier prefer its "people-burgers?"--why, rare, of course!
DrClayton daleuhlmann 1 month ago
One o' my faves!
daleuhlmann DrClayton 1 month ago
One of mine, too. Dr. Clayton.
Ravenwoman 1 month ago
TheKodakKid Ravenwoman 1 month ago
Not so sure about this one. I don’t quite think I’m “ancient”, But I am getting closer.
Ravenwoman TheKodakKid 1 month ago
🤣I hear ya! Nor am I an Alpha Hunter! LOL!
Catbat TheKodakKid 1 month ago
But you may be a temptress? 😂
Ravenwoman 1 month ago
Dentist just phoned, my teeth are ready! 🤣🐺

1MikeM 1 month ago
Nineteen days til' Halloween Halloween Halloween!
Nineteen days til' Halloween! Silver Shamrock!
scottieO 1MikeM 1 month ago
I can't wait!
1MikeM scottieO 1 month ago
"Stop it! Stop it! STOP IT!" (Ha-ha!) Scottie O, thanks for posting this video. I knew that you would remember this one. Must be the season of the witch yeah!
DrClayton 1MikeM 1 month ago
Another of my faves!
Carl_N_Brown 1MikeM 1 month ago
31 Oct Wednesday. Who scheduled Halloween for Hump Day? Camels aint spooky.
MADave 1 month ago
Well I'm off to the wedding talk to you peeps tomorrow have a good evening! Luv2all
CarrieLynnCastro 1 month ago
Good morning 🦋
Happy Friday everyone🍁 Here we are on our way to you Sven 📺
"Cry of The Werewolf" Ooo
perfect 🐺

It was a fun day yesterday at the fair my brother had a nice time 🎡
If you took 5 items of non
perishable food per person you got in free. Go's to food pantrys in Fresno 💓

Off to visit my mom for lunch we are all going my son and taking brother too
It will be nice weather today
🍃🌻🍃
See you later have a great day 🐝
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
In recognition of tomorrow night's movie, CRY OF THE WEREWOLF, check out this big, bad, hairy boy marking his territory outside this local shop in Navarre, OH, not far from Massillon.
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TheKodakKid daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Dale, how many times do you have to be reminded before going into a store that shoes and shirt are required. And please put on some pants!
Lynn daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Well, I certainly wouldn't argue with Keith over his estimation of Willoughby. But I hope that no one will be offended by my observation that Willoughby seems downright cuddly as opposed to the poor creature in your photo. I dare say he IS looking for people burgers - hold the lettuce!
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Oh, yeah, Kodak, I can't tell you how many times I've been told, "No shirt, no shoes, no service!" As for pants, well, Porky Pig never wore pants!
When I see those signs ("No shirt, no shoes, no service!"), I wonder if a beach shirt (T shirt down to mid-thigh) with flip-flops (and nothing else) would be suitable attire.
TheKodakKid 1 month ago
A few celebrity birthdays of note.

Singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave is 83.

Actress-singer Susan Anton is 71.

Actor Hugh Jackman is 50.

From the “this Birthday may make you feel old” files.

Actor Adam Rich (“Eight Is Enough”) is 50.

Actor Kirk Cameron (“Growing Pains”) is 48.
MADave TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Wow happy half a century to the youngest of the Bradford clan and happy bday to Mike Seaver as well
Ravenwoman 1 month ago
Good morning, all. Happy Friday! Sven is coming! Have a great day.

Lynn Ravenwoman 1 month ago
Happy Friday to you as well, Ravenwoman!
Ravenwoman Lynn 1 month ago
Good morning, Lynn! 😘 Honestly, I'm giving it all I have, struggling a bit now.
CarrieLynnCastro 2 months ago
TheKodakKid thanks on the
Info...I remember the "Class
Reunion" with Andy Taylor's
high school sweetheart ♥️
She lived a long time 90 years old RIP 🥀
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