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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marcilla / Carmilla / Mircalla Karnstein
Pippa Steel ... Laura (as Pippa Steele)
... Emma Morton
... General von Spielsdorf
... Roger Morton
... The Countess
... The Governess (Mme. Perrodot)
... Baron Joachim von Hartog
... Carl Ebhardt
... Doctor
Kirsten Lindholm ... First Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)
... Man in Black
Shelagh Wilcocks ... Housekeeper
Harvey Hall ... Renton
Janet Key ... Gretchin
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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>

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Carmilla is really queen of lesbian vampires! See more »

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Also Known As:

Vampyren - en erotisk mardröm  »

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Trivia

The film takes place in 1790. See more »

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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 »

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Marcilla: You must die! Everybody must die!
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Referenced in The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) See more »

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Mazurka
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Music by Léo Delibes
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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One of the Best Vampire films--Excellent Telling of the Carmilla Tale
10 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

_The Vampire Lovers_ is one of the most faithful adaptations of a story I have ever seen in a major production. Based on J. Sheridan LeFanu's _Carmilla_, Baker's film captures the essence of evil wrapped in feminine beauty. Ingrid Pitt plays Mircalla with great restraint; her character comes off cold and deceptive, but still driven by a need for love. The action is well timed and choreographed, and the nudity, though a bit gratutious at times, is photographed sensitively and with great appreciation for the actresses.

Yes, this is something of a guilty pleasure because of the leads' beauty, but if one looks beyond the titilation, the story, photography, and performances in _The Vampire Lovers_ hold up very well indeed! 8 out of 10.


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