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Writers:
Sheridan Le Fanu (story)
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Release Date:
22 October 1970 (USA) See more »
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She's the New Horror from Hammer! See more »
Plot:
Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich a remote area of late 18th century Gemany. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Similar to all the other Hammer horrors, except that it has some surprising elements of eroticism. See more (72 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Roy Ward Baker 
 
Writing credits
Sheridan Le Fanu (story "Carmilla") (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)

Harry Fine (adaptation) &
Tudor Gates (adaptation) and
Michael Style (adaptation)

Tudor Gates (screenplay)

Produced by
Harry Fine .... producer
Michael Style .... producer
Louis M. Heyward .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
 
Cinematography by
Moray Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Needs 
 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
 
Costume Design by
Brian Cox 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Smith .... make-up supervisor
Pearl Tipaldi .... hairdressing supervisor
 
Production Management
Tom Sachs .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bill Greene .... construction manager
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Tony Lumkin .... recording director
Dennis Whitlock .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Nightingale .... wardrobe mistress
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Betty Harley .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (1973) | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (Approved No. 22545) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The film takes place in 1790.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Doctor:The trouble with this part of the world is that they have too many fairy tales.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
MazurkaSee more »

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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Similar to all the other Hammer horrors, except that it has some surprising elements of eroticism., 1 October 2004
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Hammer studios, having more-or-less exhausted the Dracula franchise by 1970, decided to freshen up their tales of vampirism by bringing in a lesbian angle. The result was The Vampire Lovers, a decent horror flick taken from Sheridan Le Fanu's story "Carmilla". The film breaks no new ground in terms of horror, but in terms of eroticism it probably raised a few eyebrows back in 1970, with its frequent nudity and explicit lesbianism. There's more to it than just the erotic stuff though - Ingrid Pitt and Peter Cushing are in commanding form; Tudor Gates's screenplay is pretty good; and there are some gruesome moments - including several decapitations - to satisfy gore-hounds.

Elusive vampiress Carmilla (also known as Mircalla and Marcilla - and played by the luscious Ingrid Pitt) escapes death at the hands of an Austrian vampire hunter. Carmilla fakes an accident to win the sympathy of the Morton family - nearby aristocrats - and soon she has been taken into their noble household. One thing to which Carmilla is quite partial is the blood of female victims, and pretty soon she has befriended Emma Morton (Madeline Smith), whom she hopes to entice into a lesbian love affair before vampirising her. However, Emma's father Roger (George Cole) and his friend Von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing) realize that something isn't quite right and eventually uncover Carmilla's sinister secret.

The film is handsomely photographed and nicely directed by Hammer veteran Roy Ward Baker. There's not much here to distinguish this one from all the other Hammer horrors, other than the stronger-than-usual sexuality. However, fans of the Hammer style films will not mind that, as the "sameness" of the studio's films quite often adds to their charm. I can't really bring myself to recommend this film whole-heartedly. Let's just say that if you like Hammer's period horror films - or if you're a fan of Pitt or Cushing - you'll find plenty to enjoy here.

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