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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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Cast

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Pippa Steel ...
Laura (as Pippa Steele)
Madeline Smith ...
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Dawn Addams ...
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Douglas Wilmer ...
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Ferdy Mayne ...
Kirsten Lindholm ...
First Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)
John Forbes-Robertson ...
Man in Black
Shelagh Wilcocks ...
Harvey Hall ...
Janet Key ...
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Storyline

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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If you dare... taste the deadly passion of the BLOOD-NYMPHS See more »

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22 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vampyren - en erotisk mardröm  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The role of the Man in Black was offered to Christopher Lee but he declined the role and John Forbes-Robertson was cast instead. Forbes-Robertson would also later replace Lee in Hammer's The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974). See more »

Goofs

The story is set in the late 1700s, but at the General's ball the orchestra plays a couple of pieces by Johann Strauß Sr. (1804 - 1849) and Léo Delibes (1836-1891). See more »

Quotes

The Governess: You mustn't let your imagination get the best of you.
Emma Morton: I'm sorry.
The Governess: You sleep well now.
Emma Morton: I'll try.
The Governess: Good.
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Referenced in The Hunger (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Whistle Stop Polka
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Music by Johann Strauß
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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User Reviews

a sapphic, graphic masterpiece
2 June 2002 | by (post-apocalyptic wasteland) – See all my reviews

I tend to like the classic horror films of Hammer, Universal, and American International, and "Vampire Lovers" is an esteemed favorite. There are many elements skillfully blended in this fine production, but the central appeal is Ingrid Pitt who breathes passionate, undead life into her role. Her impressive acting ability is matched by her smoldering screen presence and beauty. She is perfectly cast in this role. Wow, did the people who made this movie ever know what they were doing. The costumery, the lighting and photography, the staging, the acting and direction, all combine seamlessly for a stunning spectacle to be savored over and over again. This is the movie that single-handedly minted the "lesbian vampire" as a major cinematic motif, and set the standard for comparison that later entries in this genre would forever be judged by. I doubt we would ever have had such films as "Vampyres," "Vampyros Lesbos" or various Jean Rollin movies (not to mention Hammer's other Karnstein trilogy entries) without this film. And this movie could never have been as good without Ingrid Pitt. Her command of acting nuance is really something. Check out her facial expression when she's in the broken-down coach and Laura, all excited, tells her: "You're to stay with us!"


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