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The Return of the Vampire is a rare, but not unique, case where the film makes it very clear that there is a war on and which war the film is talking about. The bombing raids where at least one plane has a swastika as well as the references to concentration camps make it very clear that the film is set during World War Two. One bombing raid helps set Tesla free and another bombing raid helps destroy him. The concentration camps provide Tesla with the false identity of Dr. Hugo Bruckner. Still most of the story's action is unrelated to the war. Most of the story is strictly concerned with the feud between Armand Tesla and Lady Jane, a feud that predates the war.

Like most Wartime Horror films, the writers and producers of The Return of the Vampire preferred to keep the Vampires, Werewolves and other fantasy characters far from the battlefields of history.

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CastBilly Bevan, Donald Dewar, Leslie Denison, Béla Lugosi, Roland Varno, Matt Willis, Miles Mander, Nina Foch, George McKay, Frieda Inescort, Ottola Nesmith, Gilbert Emery, Jeanne Bates, William Austin, Sherlee Collier
Genre:  Horror
Release Date:  January 1, 1944
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Runtime:  1hr 9min
Studio:  Columbia Pictures
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review by . December 21, 2009
   This surprisingly good tale has Bela Lugosi donning a Dracula-like cape, this time playing a Romanian vampire named Armand Tesla.  Tesla was a scientist seeking eternal life who eventually became a vampire.  Tesla lives in a cemetary mauseleum protected by his talking werewolf servant Andreas.  Throughout the film Andreas seems to always be carrying a package that looks like his laundry. The story begins during WW I where Tessla is visiting a rich scientist's mansion, …
review by . December 23, 2008
Tesla and His Sexy Victim
During the 1930s and 1940s, Universal Studios had a string of hits with horror films. Most of these films went on to become classics, mainly because of the presence of three actors: Béla Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney, Jr.. Universal was then imitated by many other studios that tried to capitalize on the success of these iconic horror films, but typically the results were disastrous.      There were, however, a few noteworthy exceptions. In the Columbia Pictures …
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