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Lust for a Vampire (1971)

R  |   |  Horror  |  2 September 1971 (USA)
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In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Countess Herritzen
Ralph Bates ...
Giles Barton
Suzanna Leigh ...
Janet Playfair
Yutte Stensgaard ...
Michael Johnson ...
Richard Lestrange
Miss Simpson
Mike Raven ...
Christopher Cunningham ...
Harvey Hall ...
Inspector Heinrich
Michael Brennan ...
Pippa Steel ...
Susan Pelley
Judy Matheson ...
Caryl Little ...
David Healy ...
Raymond Pelley
Jonathan Cecil ...


In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla. The nearby Finishing School offers rich pickings not only in in the blood of nubile young ladies but also with the headmaster who is desperate to become Mircalla's disciple, and the equally besotted and even more foolish author Richard Lestrange. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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2 September 1971 (USA)  »

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Love for a Vampire  »

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Ingrid Pitt turned down the lead because she thought the script was terrible. See more »


Towards the end, there is a shot from the top of a carriage bursting out the castle gates. The entire camera crew is visible for several seconds in front of the cart. See more »


Edited into Bride of Monster Mania (2000) See more »


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Music by Harry Robertson
Lyrics by Frank Godwin
Performed by Tracy
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Must Have Been Quite Erotic At The Time
29 March 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

In many ways this movie is little different from other Hammer horror films produced at the time . It has an inn that doesn`t take too kindly to strangers especially ones that don`t believe in vampires , it`s obvious that the " night " scenes were filmed during the day by sticking a blue filter over the camera lens and there`s some really dodgy effects and make up like the very obvious dummy at the film`s climax

What sets LUST FOR A VAMPIRE apart from other British horror movies at the time is some really superb ( For its day ) T&A on display complete with some lesbian kissing . It`s also good to see some old fashioned buxom women who have never heard of the phrase silicone implants . That`s something you don`t see in horror movies nowadays I can tell you

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