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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 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 Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Gory! Ghastly! Ghoulish! See more »

Genres:

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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Technical Specs

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hammer: The Studio That Dripped Blood! (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Strange Love
Music by Harry Robertson
Lyrics by Frank Godwin
Performed by Tracy
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Love for a Vampire....
1 January 2001 | by meonksmanSee all my reviews

'Lust for a vampire' is the second film in the Karnstein Trilogy based on the novels by Sheridan le Fanu. The sequel to 'Vampire lovers' starring Ingrid Pitt, and prequel to 'Twins of Evil' starring playboy playmate twins Mary & Madeline smith, 'Lust for a vampire' was hindered in its production from the off set. Legendary Hammer director Terrence Fisher was forced to pull out and Peter Cushing was replaced by Ralph Bates in the lead role. Yutte Stensgaard plays the truly beautiful Mircalla, a lesbian vampire who is torn between her love for her teacher and her lust for blood. This film has a very cosy atmosphere very traditional of hammers work around the late sixties early seventies. The sets are reasonable and although highly criticised for her performance, Yutte does her job well.

I could go on for pages but as an overview I would HIGHLY recommend this film even if it does dabble in as much romance as horror.


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