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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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George Cole ...
Dawn Addams ...
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Douglas Wilmer ...
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Ferdy Mayne ...
Kirsten Lindholm ...
First Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)
John Forbes-Robertson ...
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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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Beautiful temptress ...... or Bloodthirsty monster? See more »

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Horror

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Release Date:

22 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vampyren - en erotisk mardröm  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Carreras rejected a suggestion that Bond girl Shirley Eaton play the lead on the grounds that she was too old. Ingrid Pitt, actually older than Eaton, was eventually cast. See more »

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

Quotes

The Governess: You mustn't let your imagination get the best of you.
Emma Morton: I'm sorry.
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The Governess: Good.
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User Reviews

 
The last good Hammer movie?
27 February 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Certainly a movie one would use the word "good" for rather than "great", but this movie does contain flashes of the unique attributes that made Hammer such a winner in the first place but which had been largely forgotten by the company in its rush to replicate the success of "One Million Years B.C." with cheap imitations. Ingrid Pitt is probably the film's greatest asset, along with the very well done sets and art design in general.

Pitt plays a vampire lesbian who uses various forms of deception to seduce the daughters of England's upper crust. She comes off great in the role of seductress and is just barely convincing enough as the "innocent" her character pretends to be.

Cushing makes only 2 brief appearances, not making much of an impression (but he's given very little to work with here in a role that just about anyone could have played).

Memorable, not as good as Hammer's best vampire film "Dracula" (aka "Horror of Dracula", US) but definately one of its better, if not its best, films of the 70s.


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