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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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Taglines:

A vampire's lust knows no boundaries... 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite Mike Raven being a well-known radio presenter, his voice was dubbed by Valentine Dyall. See more »

Goofs

As Mircalla burns near end of the film body swap to a melting dummy between shots. 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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Strange Love
Music by Harry Robertson
Lyrics by Frank Godwin
Performed by Tracy
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death in desire
2 July 2006 | by tanyaqua2See all my reviews

Hammer took a different direction with this piece of Gothic cinema and broke some rules. Vampires walking about in daylight? For all its good points the biggest let down is the lack of references to the original Sheridan Le Fanu on which this supposed to be based. Hammer took a different direction with this piece of Gothic cinema and broke some rules. Vampires walking about in daylight? For all its good points the biggest let down is the lack of references to the original Sheridan Le Fanu on which this supposed to be based. Its predecessor 'Vampire Lovers' contained more references but I was hoping for a full and proper transcription of the book into celluloid. Tudor Gates appears undecided which direction to take the script. Yutte Stensgaard was cast at the time as she was famous on UK TV as Bob Monkhouse's co star in a game show. There she was required to look pretty and not say much as she showed objects to the audience. Think of the 'The Price is Right' hostesses. She went on to make a couple of film s which were more credible dramas. I first knew of her via a short story on the web which had a couple of photos attached to it. You can see why everyone thinks she gorgeous. A painting that was around at the same time was by the story's writer: an actor called Stephen Armourae who has reappeared in connection with ESP research and I know he's done more of other horror actresses including one about Barbara Stelle called 'Catherine' and another AJF. There was a rumour about an interview between him and Yutte if anyone knows more? I like this Hammer film as there is something quirky about it. Raven trying to be Lee. The change of casting to Ralph Bates is refreshing and more convincing. I can't see Cushing playing that lusting role. Bates is more suited. Also the eroticism could have been more, I agree with Armourae's review on this point; he has been trying to get film made loosely based on these Hammer themes but with greater erotic content whilst remaining tasteful. Watch this film as for all its flaws its still classic of its time.


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