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 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
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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>

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If you dare... taste the deadly passion of the BLOOD-NYMPHS See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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According to Madeleine Smith, during the 1970s directors had no shame in leering over her figure in this and other films, but, the actress said in an interview years later that she didn't mind: "When I was a teenager I was anorexic and thoroughly miserable. I'd been on medication, which was one of the main reasons why I didn't take drugs at a time when they were rife in the business later on, so when I suddenly blossomed I was very happy to be voluptuous." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Carl Ebhardt: It's over! It's over!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Blood-Drinking Beings (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses from the South
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Harry Robertson
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More British Vampire Erotica
27 January 2003 | by damonfosterSee all my reviews

Seeing the upper nudity in a Hammer film came as a small surprise, since all the other Hammer movies I had seen are the edited versions on American TV. Mind you, I'm NOT complaining about getting to view the breasts of Ingrid Pitt.

VAMPIRE LOVERS is pretty typical of Hammer's other erotic horror movies, and as such, is pretty good. It's not real scary despite a few sudden scenes, but generates enough atmosphere to be worthwhile. It was also strange to finally see Peter Cushing playing a vampire killer who's NOT Dr. Van Helsing.

As I understand it, there are other films in this series (all of which were based on the historically evil woman Carmella, rumored to have bathed in the blood of her victims because she thought it would keep her young), which might explain why at least one character (a villainous male vampire) is never destroyed. In fact, he's never really explained.

My only complaint is some of the young actresses, though pretty and willing to show some skin, all look alike. There faces are similar, as are their bodies. Minor complaint though.


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Release Date:

22 October 1970 (USA) See more »

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