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The Vampire Lovers (1970)

 -  Horror  -  22 October 1970 (USA)
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Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich a remote area of late 18th century Gemany.

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Dawn Addams ...
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Pippa Steel ...
Laura (as Pippa Steele)
Kirsten Lindholm ...
1st Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)
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Harvey Hall ...
John Forbes-Robertson ...
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The Countess is called away to tend a sick friend and imposes on the General to accept her daughter Marcilla as a houseguest. Some of the villagers begin dying, however, and the General's daughter Laura soon gets weak and pale, but Marcilla is there to comfort her. The villagers begin whispering about vampires as Marcilla finds another family on which to impose herself. The pattern repeats as Emma gets ill, but the General cannot rest, and seeks the advice of Baron Hartog, who once dealt a decisive blow against a family of vampires. Well, almost. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Beautiful temptress ...... or Bloodthirsty monster? See more »

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The Vampire Lovers  »

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Trivia

Peter Cushing was cast at a late stage. See more »

Goofs

When Ingrid Pitt is lying in the coffin at the end of the film, she is wearing a nightgown with smooth fabric on the chest and stomach. As she gets Staked, the fabric is pleated. See more »

Quotes

Baron Joachim von Hartog: They were all evil and remain evil after death.
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Arranged by Harry Robertson
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More British Vampire Erotica
27 January 2003 | by (Bay Area, CA) – See all my reviews

Seeing the upper nudity in a Hammer film came as a small surprise, since all the other Hammer movies I had seen are the edited versions on American TV. Mind you, I'm NOT complaining about getting to view the breasts of Ingrid Pitt.

VAMPIRE LOVERS is pretty typical of Hammer's other erotic horror movies, and as such, is pretty good. It's not real scary despite a few sudden scenes, but generates enough atmosphere to be worthwhile. It was also strange to finally see Peter Cushing playing a vampire killer who's NOT Dr. Van Helsing.

As I understand it, there are other films in this series (all of which were based on the historically evil woman Carmella, rumored to have bathed in the blood of her victims because she thought it would keep her young), which might explain why at least one character (a villainous male vampire) is never destroyed. In fact, he's never really explained.

My only complaint is some of the young actresses, though pretty and willing to show some skin, all look alike. There faces are similar, as are their bodies. Minor complaint though.


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