The Vampire Lovers

1970

The Vampire Lovers

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This sexy horror story from Britain's Hammer Films finds Ingrid Pitt playing three roles, the most notable being a lesbian vampire who will resort to biting a man only when it is absolutely necessary. A doctor and a manservant are victims, but only after she has exhausted all attempts to sink her fangs into the bosoms of young women. The General (Peter Cushing) finds his daughter Laura (Pippa Steel) is victimized by the bite of the vampiress. With the help of Baron Hartog (Douglas Wilmer), they try to end the horror brought by the blood-sucking beauty. Blood, gore and a few decapitations are depicted before the wooden stakes and crosses are brought out.

Cast

Ingrid Pitt
as Mircalla/Marcilla/Carmilla
Pippa Steel
as Laura Spielsdorf
Peter Cushing
as Gen. Spielsdorf
Madeline Smith
as Emma Morton
George Cole
as Roger Morton
Dawn Addams
as The Countess
Kate O'Mara
as Mme. Perrodot
Carl Finch
as Carl Ebbhardt
Douglas Wilmer
as Baron Hartog
Jon Finch
as Carl Ebbhardt
Kirsten Betts
as 1st Vampire
Janet Key
as Gretchen
John Robertson
as Man in Black
Shelagh Wilcox
as Housekeeper
Graham James
as Young Man
Joanna Shelley
as Woodman's Daughter
Olga James
as Village Girl
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Audience Reviews for The Vampire Lovers

  • Aug 24, 2013
    Another Hammer films vampire flick, Vampire Lovers is part of the Karnstein trilogy, bearing a lot of sexiness and nuance throughout the whole thing but ends up being repetitive and aimless while at it.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2013
    The Vampire Lovers is an underrated vampire yarn that is well acted and directed. The film owes its success to its atmosphere, which adds so much to the tone of the film. Director Roy Ward Baker has picked a fine cast of talented actors, including Hammer horror icon Peter Cushing, who gives a standout performance. Ingrid Pitt is wonderful as well, and this film will certainly give genre fans something worthwhile to watch. Although not perfect, this is a vampire film the wait it is meant to be. The story is quite good, and well layered, and like I said, the film is underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. There are enough tense, atmospheric scenes throughout the film that will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a fine film that is worth checking out and Hamer horror enthusiasts should seek this one out as it is an overlooked film that hasn't gotten the recognition it deserves. This is among the best vampire films in the genre, and it belongs on the short list of must see vampire licks. The tone and atmosphere of the film sets this one apart from others, and there is a constant feeling of dread on-screen, and it adds so much to the film. Add to that menacing performance of Pitts and you have a highly entertaining horror film that has enough chills to appeal to genre fans. This is a surprising film that relies on a good story, effective visuals to create the chills on-screen. Roy Ward Baker crafts something unique here, and I think this title has been overlooked and it really deserves a second chance. This is horror in its basic form, and it uses it to9 its advantage to create something entertaining and bone chilling all at once. This is what horror is supposed to be and if you're looking for a good vampire film that delivers terror, then give this one a shot. There is romantic overtones throughout the film and it sets this film apart from others in the genre. The Vampire Lovers adds sensuality to its imagery, and it creates something riveting and ultimately exquisite in the process.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2012
    The first instalment in Hammer's "Karnstein" trilogy, based on Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla". Ingrid Pitt is a lesbian vampire seducing the local virgins for their blood. Crazy as it seems now, this was one of the most positive portrayals of homosexuality at it's time. Pitt's blood-sucker is the sort of romantic vamp who would be a big hit with teenage girls today, a doomed anti-heroine at odds with a world she doesn't fit in. Roy Ward Baker does a great directing job, the sets designed so his camera can fly through keyholes and up staircases. As always Cushing is immense but this is most definitely Pitt's movie.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2012
    Hammers classic vampire tale with Ingrid Pitt as a sexy vampire who prefers women and part of the infamous Karnstien vampire family who terrorised their town years ago and are back for more. Being made in 1970 this isn't some lesbian softcore porn flick, this is more about the tease and brief looks at tits and stuff(although we do see Pitt totally wet and naked in one scene - yes) but in 1970 this was called shocking but as with a lot of Hammer films, this is classy stuff while still remaining dark with a decent plot and performances. Also featuring Peter Cushing, Kate O'Mara and Brit acting daddy George Cole.
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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