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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 in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Sheridan Le Fanu (story "Carmilla") (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu), Harry Fine (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Pitt ... Marcilla / Carmilla / Mircalla Karnstein
Pippa Steel Pippa Steel ... Laura (as Pippa Steele)
Madeline Smith ... Emma Morton
Peter Cushing ... General von Spielsdorf
George Cole ... Roger Morton
Dawn Addams ... The Countess
Kate O'Mara ... The Governess (Mme. Perrodot)
Douglas Wilmer ... Baron Joachim von Hartog
Jon Finch ... Carl Ebhardt
Ferdy Mayne ... Doctor
Kirsten Lindholm Kirsten Lindholm ... First Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)
John Forbes-Robertson ... Man in Black
Shelagh Wilcocks Shelagh Wilcocks ... Housekeeper
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Renton
Janet Key Janet Key ... Gretchin
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Even the Lifeless Can Love. Even the Dead Can Desire. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

22 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampyren - en erotisk mardröm See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mircalla Karnstein was born in 1522 and became a vampire in 1546. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Doctor: The trouble with this part of the world is that they have too many fairy tales.
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Alternate Versions

The film was cut for its R rating and the old Embassy videos reflect this edit. MGM restored most of the footage for its 1999 VHS release, except for part of the opening decapitation and some nudity in the bathing scene. The nudity was found and added in to the 2003 DVD release, which now presents the film complete save those missing frames in the opening beheading. The UK DVD contains MGM's first restoration that was on VHS in the USA. The R1 MGM DVD contains the more complete edition. See more »

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Referenced in The Trail of Dracula (2017) See more »

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Voices of Spring
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Who wouldn't love these vampires???
26 November 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Where would the horror field be if it weren't for the legendary Hammer Studios? With their constant creativity and new variations on the general topic of vampirism they delivered some of the most important genre-films ever. Roy Ward Baker's film the Vampire Lovers is one of the most essential movies Hammer ever released and it meant a landmark turning point for the sub-genre of bloodsuckers. Due to THIS film, vampirism afterwards always got immediately associated with eroticism and lust. The Vampire Lovers influenced notorious directors like Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, Les Avaleuses) or Jean Rollin (Lips of Blood, The Living Dead Girl) who practically made an entire career out of lesbian vampire movies. But this is the real thing! A stunning screenplay, based on a classic tale by Sheridan Le Fanu, solid acting performances and an atmospheric – almost dreamlike – photography. Ingrid Pitt plays the best, most memorable role of her career as the gypsy vampire Carmilla. Her sensual character seduces attractive young girls at the homes of prominent men where she's at guest and turns them into weak, lifeless slaves. The worried men have to uncover the origin of this vampire wench in order to destroy her forever.

'The Vampire Lovers' offers a nearly perfect combination of atmosphere, beauty and tension. Mostly thanks to the female cast led by Ingrid Pitt, this is the most bewitching horror tale Hammer ever told. The ravishing naked bodies of Pitt, Madeline Smith (Theathre of Blood) and Kate O'Mara (Horror of Frankenstein) will give this film a spot in your memory forevermore. And that's not a sexist remark; it just needs to be said. Other than the charismatic female appearances, this production also depends a lot on the eerie set pieces and the nightmarishly dark images of graveyards, ruins and castles. Overall, a splendid horror film and a must see for all fans of Hammer, vampirism or gorgeous beauties.


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