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Is there a connection to the first film?


It has been a long time since I've seen "Count Yorga, Vampire" and
"The Return of Count Yorga," but does the second one explain how Count Yorga exists? After all, he died in the first one, turning to dust...

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They never really explain how Yorga was revived. My guess is, since the first film ended with the hero being wiped out by--SPOILER ALERT--his vampirized girlfriend, we are to assume she resurrected him. There had been talk at AIP of doing a film that would have featured both Dr. Phibes and Count Yorga, but neither monster saw a third film. (Would have thought Yorga and Blacula a bit more logical a team-up, myself.)

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I've always thought of this movie as a stand alone rather then a sequel. It may have "return" in the title but theres no trace of continuity whatsoever. And ironiclly, one of he heroes from the first film (forgot his name, he was the one killed by Yorga's brides) comes back as a different character too.

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I think this movie is a stand alone as well. Roger Perry, I think is the re-accuring hero, or something Perry.
Did anyone else notice the appearance of the guy who was in that "Coach" show. He was one of the detectives.He also played the Father in "Poltergiest"

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Yeah, I always took the view that the second film was a semi remake of the first, especially given the plot similarities and ending. Both nicely creepy films. The scene with Yorga reflected in the shimering water with whales screaming in the background has stayed with me ever since I first caught the film several years ago.

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YOu mean Craig T. Nelson, right?

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Yes. That's Craig T. Nelson, in his first-listed screen credit (on IMDB, anyway)!

Just watched this and the original "Count Yorga" over the last 2 nights.
Forgot what 'great' cheezy horror movies they were.

What I remembered distinctly from my childhood viewing of these were the shots of Quarry running down some hallway or other, screaming with arms outstretched.

And then last night, discussing the movie with another horror movie fan, his thoughts "Oh yeah...that's the one where the vampire likes to run out of hallways with his arms out and attack people, right?"

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I HATE it when they do sequels and the storyline bears no continuity whatsoever to the first. Some typical analogies to cite here would be Scars of Dracula, House of Dracula and Evil Dead II.

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By definition, despite the film titles, none of these films are sequels.

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I reckon that this was an attempt to start an American equivalent of Hammer Films. Hammer produced many Dracula films with absolutely no intentional continuity to them. The only connection being similar basic story lines, Christopher Lee mostly (but not always) playing Dracula and Peter Cushing playing Van Helsing. In "The Return of Count Yorga" there is even a clip from "The Vampire Lovers" (a classic "Hammer Horror") shown on TV. If that wasn't meant as a homage, I don't know what is!!

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Unfortunately that clip is the best bit of the film.

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I think that the best 'bit' is the gorgeous Mariette Hartley....

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A new set of victims but the same vampire and assistant with no explanation how they came back which is fine with me. I don't really mind sequels with little to no connection as long as they're good and this one was good enough.

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SPOILER ALERT

well in the end of the first film, when you see "the end" credit show up on the screen, there's Michael's face on screen, albeit for a brief moment, all shredded and beat up, just like Dr Hayes and Paul both ended up looking after being devoured by the harem.

Based on that image and the fact that Michael was unexpectedly attacked by his girlfriend Donna, turned vampire, I'm going to assume the following:

Michael was caught off guard and attacked by his girlfriend Donna. After going straight for his jugular and fatally injuring Michael, Donna opens the door to the basement that Michael locked earlier. In come the rest of the Harem, Erica and the red head. They devour Michael and feast on his blood. Afterwards, they rescue Brudah, reviving him, and they perform some kind of blood ceremony bringing Yorga back to life... For any gothic, vampire buff, if you've seen any Dracula Hammer films with Christopher Lee, you can imagine what the resurrection would look like and what it would entail...

That brings up the question, why were Donna, Erica and the red head not among Yorga's extended harem in "The Return of Count Yorga"... who knows... it's a B grade low budget vampire flick... what do you expect ?

In the end though, one aspect of these sort of movies that I really enjoyed is that unlike nowadays, where they will always use some cheesy cgi effects, back then they would leave some scenes to your imagination, even vital scenes, like Blacula's resurrection in "Scream Blacula Scream" the Blacula sequel. I can understand why some people would find the movie to be lacking for that reason, but to me, that's one of the aspects of these old movies that makes them as great as they are, leaving something to the imagination... so intriguing

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