The Vampire Lovers (1970)

R  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Pippa Steel ...
Laura (as Pippa Steele)
Madeline Smith ...
George Cole ...
Dawn Addams ...
Douglas Wilmer ...
Kirsten Lindholm ...
First Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)
John Forbes-Robertson ...
Man in Black
Shelagh Wilcocks ...
Harvey Hall ...
Janet Key ...


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 <>

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22 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vampyren - en erotisk mardröm  »

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1.85 : 1
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This film was given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America due to the vampire bites inflicted on the women's bosoms. See more »


The fence around what looks like a tennis court in front of the mansion is chain link fencing. See more »


Baron Joachim von Hartog: They were all evil and remain evil after death.
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Followed by Lust for a Vampire (1971) See more »


Roses from the South
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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The lesbian vampire movie as moonlit poetry
26 September 1999 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

An ocean of mist hangs above a grave. A figure enveloped in a white shroud swirls through that mist with balletic grace, then rakes a hand across a bloody mouth.* A man at his niece's deathbed calls for her missing friend. The call echoes through the empty chambers of the house and down the terrace outside, where the wind blows fallen leaves through the autumn night. The calls merge with older echoes in a cemetery beneath a ruined castle. A woman walks in those mists, clad in her nightgown. The mists dissolve her from sight. * "I want you - to love me - for all your life," pleads a beautiful vampire turning from the view through a moonlit window to clasp the girl she loves with desperate intimacy. * That same vampire woman stands on a terrace in the sunset, tears glinting in her eyes while she listens to the ancestral echoes that condemn her to her fate. *

Yes, this is pure Hammer Horror: a work conceived as sheerest exploitation which somehow transforms itself - in its greatest moments anyway - to an authentic romantic poetry. Yes, of course, a lesbian vampire movie made by men may seem the height of sexism, and at a conceptual level the movie may be open to those charges. But a female gothic artist was involved here: Ingrid Pitt, whose Carmilla is such a vivid presence as to render herself the character we root for and her patriachal enemies as the true pale-faced monsters (Has Peter Cushing ever come across as less loveable?). Other screen vampiresses are bimbos or boogeywomen or upmarket fashion plates by comparison: Pitt is tigerish, witty, tender, passionate, vulnerable, savage and tragic: Perhaps the only actor, male or female, who has brought to full life all the complexities of the vampire psyche. She's great and the other film-makers, at their best, rise to the challenge she sets. The movie is hardly unflawed but when its accidental poetry gels, few movies in its genre can surpass it.

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