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Director:
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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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 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:
Anachronisms: The fence around what looks like a tennis court in front of the mansion is chain link fencing.See more »
Quotes:
Marcilla:You must die! Everybody must die!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Roses from the SouthSee more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The lesbian vampire movie as moonlit poetry, 26 September 1999
Author: Forester-2 from Glasgow, Scotland

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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