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Lust for a Vampire (1971)

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In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful ... See full summary »

Director:

Jimmy Sangster

Writers:

Tudor Gates (screenplay), Sheridan Le Fanu (based on characters created by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Jefford ... Countess Herritzen
Ralph Bates ... Giles Barton
Suzanna Leigh ... Janet Playfair
Yutte Stensgaard ... Mircalla / Carmilla Karnstein
Michael Johnson Michael Johnson ... Richard Lestrange
Helen Christie ... Miss Simpson
Mike Raven ... Count Karnstein
Christopher Cunningham Christopher Cunningham ... Coachman
Harvey Hall Harvey Hall ... Inspector Heinrich
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Landlord
Pippa Steel Pippa Steel ... Susan Pelley
Judy Matheson ... Amanda McBride
Caryl Little Caryl Little ... Isabel Courtney
David Healy David Healy ... Raymond Pelley
Jonathan Cecil ... Arthur Biggs
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Storyline

In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla. The nearby Finishing School offers rich pickings not only in in the blood of nubile young ladies but also with the headmaster who is desperate to become Mircalla's disciple, and the equally besotted and even more foolish author Richard Lestrange. Written by J-26

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Taglines:

FEMALE BODIES... whose embrace is the kiss of death for a man or woman! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love for a Vampire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Robinson was asked to be production designer but died hours after the offer was made. See more »

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Erik Chitty's first name is misspell Eric in the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema release a BBFC cut was made which replaced a topless shot of Amanda with a partially covered one during the bed scene where she is bitten by Mircalla. Video releases were uncut though the 2002 Warner DVD curiously featured the edited cinema print. The 2008 Optimum DVD is the uncut version. See more »

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Referenced in Kiss of the Damned (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Love
Music by Harry Robertson
Lyrics by Frank Godwin
Performed by Tracy
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Horny for Hammer!
6 October 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

With just a few minor changes here and there, "Lust for a Vampire" easily could have been a progressive and even groundbreaking porno-movie! The title is already a-okay, don't you agree? Well so are the settings, locations and female casting choices! The film is largely set in a private school for girls in their late teenage years, and the only conditions of entrance here seem to be luscious behavior and having at least a D-cup. All the male characters are typically weak-minded losers whose actions are exclusively instructed by hormones and even the sensual music emphases the erotic atmosphere. The only thing missing is hardcore sex, in fact. But it's also still somewhat a Gothic Hammer horror movie, loosely based on the works of Sheridan Le Fanu and revolving on the notorious Camilla Karnstein myths. It's the second entry in Hammer's trilogy on the subject matter and unquestionably worse than both "The Vampire Lovers" and "Twins of Evil". This is possibly due to the cast & crew that worked on the film, though. Every avid horror fan (or, at least, avid HAMMER fan) knows that director Jimmy Sangster is not on the same quality level as Terence Fisher, Ralph Bates is no Peter Cushing and Mike Raven is just a pathetic imitator of the almighty Christopher Lee. But still, "Lust of a Vampire" lacks something else. Like a coherent script for example, or Gothic sequences that completely lack suspense. The downright stunningly beautiful Danish actress Yutte Stensgaard stars as Mircalla Herritzen, the indescribably sexy reincarnation of malicious vampire queen Carmilla Karnstein. Simultaneously with her arrival in a little town that lies near a spooky castle, other town girls turn up murdered with suspicious teeth marks in their necks. Tourist and writer Richard LeStrange decides to investigate the events, but he can't resist the gorgeousness of Mircalla's flesh. There are quite a lot of gory moments and (for their time) nasty make-up effects, but if you're hoping for genuine frights you better look elsewhere. In case you're already satisfied with some neatly morbid set pieces and a truckload of authentic sleaze, "Lust for a Vampire" is warmly recommended.


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