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Talk about returning- tonight on MeTV, we bring back a notable vampire film-that ostensibly returned the great Bela Lugosi  to the role of an undead menace that the grave could not imprison, seeking  revenge against the family that tried to end his practice of making unauthorized transfusions- in the 1943 chiller “Return of the Vampire”!

We see Sir Fredrick Fleet of Scotland Yard, going over notes written almost a quarter century ago by Oxford professor Walter Saunders, describing an unbelievable incident- in which a vampire, aided by a werewolf lackey, sought out the whereabouts of one of his victims who had been taken to the clinic of doctor Lady Jane Ainsley,who was baffled by the cause of the female victim’s anemia. Also living on the premises of the clinic were the Lady’s son and Saunders’ grand-daughter. When the vampire arrived, finding that his original victim was not alone- he attacked the vulnerable young girl! Meanwhile, the original victim had passed away- and Prof. Saunders spent the night reading a treatise about vampires, written some two hundred years ago by one Armand Tesla.

The next morning, he saw that the deceased woman’s neck had marks on it that made him believe she was a victim of -a vampire! He struggled with getting Lady Jane to believe such a fantastic claim- until they discovered the young grand-daughter Nikki now bore the same marks! They managed to save her and, knowing that some action must be taken against this supernatural enemy- the Prof. and Lady Jane searched the cemetery- ready to drive a spike through the vampire’s heart! They succeeded in their mission- and, with the vampire’s demise, his werewolf assistant returned to his human form, released from the vampire’s curse by his death.

We return to the present- 24 years later- and some grim news; Sir Fredrick of the yard demands that the body of this alleged vampire must be found- and, if things match the descriptions in the notes-- he has no alternative but to accuse Lady Jane of murder, since a) there is no proof that the victim in question was actually a genuine vampire- and thusly  b) she would have killed a living person! Lady Jane insists that her victim was a two hundred year old vampire- in fact, Armand Tesla himself- whose morbid fascination with vampires was what caused him to become one ( not quite the usual vampire lore we’ve learned in previous movies)!

Back at her clinic, Lady Jane tells her son John, now an adult, about the possible charge against her. They know her claim will be supported if they just find the body, and it hasn’t decomposed! They will refrain from telling any of this to Nikki- the grand-daughter who was attacked by Tesla, and is also now an adult- and also John’s fiancée. The reason for the secrecy-they feel it would be psychologically harmful to remind her of her childhood brush with the vampire!

Overhearing their plans is Andreas- the former lycanthrope assistant to Tesla , restored to humanity by his “master’s” demise, and now working at the clinic. When he hears about the plans to find Tesla’s body, he is truly upset, recalling the horrors of his werewolf past.

Unfortunately, World War II is being waged at this time, and a bombing raid on the area causes some damage at the cemetery where Tesla is interred. Bizarre circumstances lead to Tesla being revived! Andreas, sent by Lady Jane to pick up a visiting scientist who escaped from the Nazis to work for the Allies’ cause, encounters his old master- and reverts to his werewolf form! Once again doing the vampire’s bidding, he arranges for Tesla to assume the identity of the scientist - and begin his scheme to take revenge on Lady Jane and her loved ones!

We’ll explain on our program that this film was actually planned as a sort of sequel to Lugosi’s original “Dracula”-and you’ll learn  why that was changed. We’ll present information about the cast, which, besides Bela, includes the  lovely Nina Foch, plus a song, interviews with cast members of a certain more contemporary vampire movie, a commercial for a must-have product for vampire hunters, and more!

"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 enjoy a second look at Peter Cushing in “Revenge of Frankenstein” at 11 am on our main local channel, CW26.

We’re happy so many of you took advantage of the sale on all our Sven merchandise! The sale has ended, but if you have an interest in our seasonal items, you should probably order now- when they are gone, they’ll be gone!

Please join us tonight on MeTV for that hard-to-kill fella Bela!

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Aceman2 1 month ago
Russian hacker detected
1MikeM Aceman2 1 month ago
In Russia you don't hack computer, computer hack you.
The1Butler 1 month ago
Wheres the vampire? Didn't he return .
The1Butler 1 month ago
I'm gonna be first , so you can all just go to bed .
MADave 1 month ago
Mrs Wiggins and Mr Tudball one of the best sketches Carol and Tim ever did pure comedy
The1Butler MADave 1 month ago
Ms ah Wiggins . ..
MADave 1 month ago
The invisible woman goes to the eye doctor and the doctor says I hear you haven’t been seeing things very well?
abc123 1 month ago
Alright. Photos uploaded and links saved to text file. Time to game for an hour plus. See you in the next blog. Top five for sure!
Aceman2 1 month ago
What did the doctor do to treat a woman’s invisibility?

He took her to the ICU.

dh Aceman2 1 month ago
That's because when she was in the waiting room she said she could make herself invisible, so the ER doc said "I can't see you now".
PatS 1 month ago
Welcome back, dh! Long time no see... not intended as flack for the Saturday movie...
dh PatS 1 month ago
That is because I managed to get into one of Vera West's invisible gowns from this movie. These guys only THINK there are no invisible frocks!
1MikeM 1 month ago
Tonight I will be watching a VHS tape of an old Christmas special: "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas." (Kidding!)
dh 1MikeM 1 month ago
If it was Justin Wilson, I would watch that Cajun Christmas special!
abc123 1MikeM 1 month ago
Star Wars Holiday Special!
JohnBlair 1 month ago
Having my alcohol tonight; because if I DID tomorrow I would not be able to see well enough to post...
dh JohnBlair 1 month ago
I heard there was nothing to see there anyway....
The1Butler JohnBlair 1 month ago
I've heard it all now.
dh 1 month ago
Since I have been an "Invisible Woman" for several months, this seems like a good time for me to show up again (you see what I did there?). Will try to CLEAR my schedule to SEE you tomorrow for more fun & games :)
JohnBlair dh 1 month ago
hnmmm... the plot thickens
TheKodakKid dh 1 month ago
Welcome back. You didn’t happen across Islander’s Justin Bieber watch, or Trout while you were wandering in the wilderness did you?
dh TheKodakKid 1 month ago
Not yet. I will reset my BatCompass and keep searching.
BelleLugosi dh 1 month ago
Hey there!
dh BelleLugosi 1 month ago
Hello wonderous one :)
Aceman2 1 month ago
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dh 1MikeM 1 month ago
Maybe I can hatch a Gill Man :)
1MikeM dh 1 month ago
You're gonna need a bigger fish tank.
dh 1MikeM 1 month ago
He can stay in the pool and scare off the iguanas.
1MikeM JohnBlair 1 month ago
Drew Carey has said that he looks like the guy in the ad for X-Ray glasses!
MADave 1 month ago
If THE INVISIBLE MAN and THE INVISIBLE WOMAN tied the knot, how would you know whose family and friends were on the bride or the groom's side and can you imagine the reception?
TheKodakKid MADave 1 month ago
I wouldn’t want to see that.
dh MADave 1 month ago
Yes indeedy!
I hope they enjoy my invisible present!
The1Butler MADave 1 month ago
I better see a tux and a gown
daleuhlmann 1 month ago
Happy Svengoolie Saturday Eve, group! Here are some interesting tidbits about Miles Mander, who played Sir Frederic Fleet in THE RETURN OF THE VAMPIRE, courteously of the authors of the book UNIVERSAL HORRORS. Mander was quite the Jack of ALL Trades, having been, among other things, an actor, author, playwright, and a racing car driver!
Jack daleuhlmann 1 month ago
“Miles Mander” and "Sir Frederic Fleet” both sound like made-up names for racing car drivers!
Klaatu Jack 1 month ago
Ha! I agree!
daleuhlmann Jack 1 month ago
Yeah, right?
Drang 1 month ago
Hey, gang, Happy Friday!

Just realized that, being the warm, caring, Sensitive New Age supervisor I am, I let one too many minions have tomorrow off resulting in my have to go into the Salt Mines, mean I won't be able to catch the whole show live.
(Somehow I don't believe the IT department has set things up so I can stream it, let alone log in to see the blog...)
NoPersonalChicks 1 month ago
Shake it like nobody can see it
Believe it or not, Universal actually got some flack from the Hays and Breen censorship offices over a naked woman cavorting around for the bulk of the movie--even though she was invisible!
Oh, I believe it. Breen, "the man who cleaned up Hollywood", all thru the overbearing filter of the Legion of Decency. Laughable by today's standards.
But if you look closely at the twirling Kitty Carroll, you can see an inch or two of her forearm between her sleeve and glove. Therefore, I submit - not invisible. There are a few such 'oops' in this one.
Jack daleuhlmann 1 month ago
“The film will make adolescent boys think of naked women!” (As if they didn’t already.)
JohnBlair Jack 1 month ago
Every 17 seconds studies show...
Yes, which indicates that, even though Universal's special effects maestro, John P. Fulton, was nominated for an Oscar for his work on this film, he was probably rushed by the studio, nevertheless.
daleuhlmann Jack 1 month ago
Do they? (LOL)
DrClayton daleuhlmann 1 month ago
"What is essential is invisible to the eye." - The Little Prince
DrClayton 1 month ago
What fun, I ask you, is an "invisible woman" ??
Klaatu DrClayton 1 month ago
Well, just think. If you cheat on your wife/girlfriend/ significant other with the Invisible Woman, no one will see a thing😂
TheKodakKid DrClayton 1 month ago
More fun than no woman at all?
Jack DrClayton 1 month ago
We never see Anita and she’s lots of fun.
JohnBlair DrClayton 1 month ago
Soooo.... Lights oN????
Jack 1 month ago
Happy last day of Chanukah!
Lynn Jack 1 month ago
Joy to all!
Aceman2 1 month ago
Merry Sventurday Eve to all. I was looking forward to seeing my outside Christmas decorations lit up against a backdrop of fresh snow. Unfortunately, while clearing the walkway, the contractor’s snow blower found my extension cord.
TheKodakKid Aceman2 1 month ago
That’s what happens when you contract with Scrooge & Grinch.
JohnBlair Aceman2 1 month ago
In Your Pajamas???
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