The Vampire Lovers

The Vampire Lovers

Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.
Genres: Horror
Language: EnglishGerman
Year: 1970
Time: 91 min
IMDb: 6.6/10


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.
Plot Keywords: first-part / bare-breasts / bare-butt / bathtub / female-full-frontal-nudity
Taglines: She’s the New Horror from Hammer!
Certificate: Australia:SOA | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:X | United Kingdom:15 (video) | United States:R (Approved No. 22545) | West Germany:16
Cast: Ingrid Pitt , Pippa Steel , Madeline Smith , Peter Cushing , George Cole , Dawn Addams , Kate O’Mara , Douglas Wilmer , Jon Finch , Ferdy Mayne , Kirsten Lindholm , John Forbes-Robertson , Shelagh Wilcocks , Harvey Hall , Janet Key , Charles Farrell , Graham James , Tom Browne , Joanna Shelley , Olga James , Jill Easter , Lindsay Kemp , Sion Probert , Vicki Woolf


Company: American International Pictures (AIP)
Country: United Kingdom , United States
Language: English , German
Released Date: 04 Oct 1970 (UK)
Year: 1970
Film Location: Wall Hall, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Technical Specs

Runtime: 91 min
Soundmix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

User Review:

Coventry » Where would the horror field be if it weren't for the legendary Hammer Studios? With their constant creativity and new variations on the general topic of vampirism they delivered some of the most important genre-films ever. Roy Ward Baker's film the Vampire Lovers is one of the most essential movies Hammer ever released and it meant a landmark turning point for the sub-genre of bloodsuckers. Due to THIS film, vampirism afterwards always got immediately associated with eroticism and lust. The Vampire Lovers influenced notorious directors like Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, Les Avaleuses) or Jean Rollin (Lips of Blood, The Living Dead Girl) who practically made an entire career out of lesbian vampire movies. But this is the real thing! A stunning screenplay, based on a classic tale by Sheridan Le Fanu, solid acting performances and an atmospheric – almost dreamlike – photography. Ingrid Pitt plays the best, most memorable role of her career as the gypsy vampire Carmilla. Her sensual character seduces attractive young girls at the homes of prominent men where she's at guest and turns them into weak, lifeless slaves. The worried men have to uncover the origin of this vampire wench in order to destroy her forever.

'The Vampire Lovers' offers a nearly perfect combination of atmosphere, beauty and tension. Mostly thanks to the female cast led by Ingrid Pitt, this is the most bewitching horror tale Hammer ever told. The ravishing naked bodies of Pitt, Madeline Smith (Theathre of Blood) and Kate O'Mara (Horror of Frankenstein) will give this film a spot in your memory forevermore. And that's not a sexist remark; it just needs to be said. Other than the charismatic female appearances, this production also depends a lot on the eerie set pieces and the nightmarishly dark images of graveyards, ruins and castles. Overall, a splendid horror film and a must see for all fans of Hammer, vampirism or gorgeous beauties.
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