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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 ... 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:

Devils in Female Bodies 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

Ingrid Pitt turned down the lead because she thought the script was terrible. See more »

Goofs

Inspector Heinrich uses a rope to climb down a well to search for missing body. When rope is tied to top of well and thrown down the well it's straight. When Inspector climbs the rope it's knotted every 3 ft or so. 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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Follows The Vampire Lovers (1970) See more »

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Strange Love
Music by Harry Robertson
Lyrics by Frank Godwin
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Whatever 'Camp Classic' means this must be it.
21 January 2002 | by von37KreuzSee all my reviews

I have only seen this film on TV panned and scanned, I look forward to it's region 2 release on DVD. The negatives first~no Cushing, Lee, Ripper or Morell but a silly 'character' performance from Ralph Bates, the leading ladies' makeup changes from shot to shot and the delirious and hilarious performance of the Grande Dame who runs the girls finishing school~simpering and eye popping at the same time. Editing by Saint Vitas. A closeup of Mike Raven replaced by a closeup of the great man Christopher Lee C.B.E. The 1970 hair and makeup and the script in which every line of dialogue begins with the other character's name, eg "Mircalla, I love you"..."No Richard"..."Yes Mircalla" that sort of twaddle. Now the positive~ the main role goes to unknown 'Jason King' look-a-like Michael Johnson and he is really rather good, and as naturalistic as can be expected. Despite the marshmallow soft porn of this late Hammer film it still has that lovely cosy Hammer gothic feel despite obvious painted backdrops for the castle. Mad camera shots framed by Barbara Jefford's bosom and good music. Good fun for late Hammer.


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