Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.


Roy Ward Baker


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


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 <>

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Ingrid Pitt was asked during an interview what it was like working with director Roy Ward Baker. She replied he was "Patient and willing to work out any problems that might crop up without sounding irritable or giving the impression that it is a burden having to work with a load of dumb broads. Something that not a lot of directors are capable of doing and still keeping control." See more »


When Ingrid Pitt is lying in the coffin at the end of the film, she is wearing a nightgown with smooth fabric on the chest and stomach. As she gets Staked, the fabric is pleated. See more »


The Governess: You mustn't let your imagination get the best of you.
Emma Morton: I'm sorry.
The Governess: You sleep well now.
Emma Morton: I'll try.
The Governess: Good.
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Alternate Versions

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 »


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Whistle Stop Polka
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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Didn't do too much for me
19 February 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I see here that the majority of user comments for this movie are pretty positive, so it does seem that most people who will watch this movie will like it. But to be honest, I was kind of disappointed by "The Vampire Lovers". Let me make it clear that I didn't find it aggressively awful or even merely bad - I just thought that it was kind of mediocre. The main problem I had with it was the one-two punch of it being slow-moving and not much plot in the end. I grew kind of restless despite the occasional erotic or horrific elements inserted in to liven things up. Also disappointing was that Peter Cushing didn't have as much to do here as in other Hammer movies he worked on - he's offscreen for long periods of time. To its credit, the movie does have good production values, and does have some atmosphere (erotic or horrific) throughout. But in the end, as I said, the movie didn't do that much for me. I know I'm in the minority, so you still might want to give this movie a try, especially if you are a fan of Hammer films.

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22 October 1970 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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