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. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Cast

Ingrid Pitt
as Mircalla/Marcilla/Carmilla
George Cole
as Roger Morton
Madeline Smith
as Emma Morton
Kate O'Mara
as Mme. Perrodot
Peter Cushing
as Gen. Spielsdorf
Dawn Addams
as The Countess
Douglas Wilmer
as Baron Hartog
Carl Finch
as Carl Ebbhardt
Kirsten Betts
as 1st Vampire
Shelagh Wilcox
as Housekeeper
Pippa Steele
as Laura Spielsdorf
Graham James
as Young Man
Olga James
as Village Girl
Janet Key
as Gretchen
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

  • Fairly flat dialog doesn't provide much of the unconscious humor that usually gives a lift to this type of entertainment.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • This eroticized vampire tale resulted from the last significant surge of creative energy at Britian's Hammer Films, which thereafter descended into abject self-parody.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The Vampire Lovers has within it a sense of freedom and transgression in its frank depiction of female desire outside of male control. That the film finally reins in that desire doesn't make it any the less potent.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The psychology makes up for the fact that the film is terribly acted (Pitt aside) and cheaply staged.

    Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Sheridan Le Fanu's classic 1872 novella Carmilla has served as the basis for numerous vampire flicks, although it's probably safe to state that this blood-and-boob-filled adaptation from Hammer Films boasts the largest fan base.

    May 5, 2013 | Rating: 2./4 | Full Review…
  • What's remarkable about 'The Vampire Lovers' is not the bite wounds that mark the bare female breasts but the intense romantic yearning and fear of separation and loneliness that mark the character of Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt).

    Apr 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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