“Just when you thought everything that could possibly be written about the classic horror stars had already seen print, along comes the fascinating Vampire Over London.”
– Richard Valley, Scarlett Street
“Lugosi is described in more realistic, human terms than I’ve ever read him described. He is present in all his warmth, pride, gregariousness, generosity, and also in all his impatience, dependency, physical pain, and tragic dimensions.”
– Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog
“Beautifully produced and of a quality we seldom see today…a model of documentation and informed and entertaining writing.”
– Anthony Slide, Classic Images
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from the dust jacket of
VAMPIRE OVER LONDON
Bela Lugosi in Britain
Vampire Over London – Bela Lugosi in Britain is a compelling tale of a fading Hollywood legend’s last stab at greatness, and of the forgotten triumphs of his final Dracula. Frank Dello Stritto & Andi Brooks have retraced Lugosi’s last forgotten Dracula tour, unearthing new facts, and interviewing Lugosi’s co-workers who have never spoken publicly about their time with him. They also located scores of people across Britain who saw Lugosi’s last Dracula and still remember the thrill of seeing him perform. Vampire Over London tells, for the first time, the full story of Bela Lugosi in Britain.
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Dello Stritto & Brooks also tell the behind-the-scenes stories of Lugosi’s British films: Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1935), Dark Eyes of London (1939), and Mother Riley Meets The Vampire (1951). The making of these films is intertwined with the controversy in Britain over American horror films, a battle between censors and producers that almost ruined Lugosi’s career.