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.
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Did You Know?
Before production, the script was sent to the chief censor John Trevelyan
, who warned the studio about depictions of lesbianism. They specifically wanted the scene of Kate O'Mara being seduced by Ingrid Pitt removed. They also pointed out that a previous lesbian film, The Killing of Sister George
(1968), had had five minutes excised by his office. In response, Hammer replied that the lesbianism was not of their doing but was present in the original story by Le Fanu. Trevelyan finally backed down. See more
The fence around what looks like a tennis court in front of the mansion is chain link fencing. See more
You mustn't let your imagination get the best of you.
You sleep well now.
The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce the opening decapitation and shots of Carmilla kissing Emma's breasts, and the same print was featured on video releases. The 2002 ILC DVD saw the cuts fully waived though the print used was an edited US one which missed a brief full frontal shot of Carmilla in a bathtub scene. The 2006 Optimum DVD featured the fully uncut and complete print. See more
Referenced in House of the Gorgon
Roses from the South
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Harry Robertson See more