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December 16, 2016
A dull movie for long stretches but saved by a couple of outstanding scenes. The film stays reasonably faithful to Le Fanu's novella and is strongest when portraying the relationships between Carmilla, Emma and Mlle Peridot. The cast is B movie perfect with Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith and Kate O'Mara.
October 10, 2016
Not Hammer's finest vampire movie, it has its good moments, tasteless moments, and cliched moments. A notable cast, but forgettable characters. There are nice story elements, as unbalanced as some of them may be.
½ April 22, 2016
At the start of Hammer Film's decline, they took advantage of the era's growing permissiveness to merge their longstanding interest in vampires (who are by nature the most erotic of monsters) with an effort to attract viewers with titillation (which admittedly wasn't too far from their agenda with their previous period costumes for actresses). Here, Ingrid Pitt, with her Garbo-like Polish accent, makes a redoubtable lesbian vampire (from the oft-filmed tale by Sheridan Le Fanu), seducing (and killing) the young ladies of the village, under the watchful eye of Christopher Lee surrogate, John Forbes-Robertson. Unfortunately, the best and spookiest scene occurs before the opening credits roll and from then on in things are rather lacklustre, although presented with Hammer's usual flair for set decoration. Peter Cushing makes what amounts to a guest appearance. Look elsewhere for your British horror thrills.
Super Reviewer
½ November 21, 2015
Roy Ward Baker's exotically compelling classic Hammer horror chiller about lesbian vampires faithfully adapted from Sheridan Le Fanu's novel Carmilla. It takes place in 18th century Germany in a province of Austria, where General Spielsdorf, played brilliantly by the late great Peter Cushing invites a beautiful but mysterious sexy young girl name Marcilla, played impressively by the late great voluptuous and sultry Ingrid Pitt, to stay with him and his niece Laura, well-played by Pippa Steele. Marcilla's "mother" is called away for an emergency and cannot take her daughter, or so she says. As Laura develops an intimate friendship with Marcilla, she falls ill and begins to suffer nightmares in which she is attacked in her bed by a shadowy feline beast. The upsetting nightmares also contain visions of Marcilla. As Laura's health declines, the General begins to suspect something is afoul with his strange house-guest and he quietly wishes her visit to cease. On the evening which Laura's health takes a final dire turn, Marcilla vanishes. Upon postmortem inspection by the Doctor, two puncture wounds are found in Laura's breast. Soon after the villagers begin to accumulate stranger deaths, the General Spielsdorf with help of an expert vampire-hunter Baron Hartog, go on a mission to hunt down this unholy evil and rid the villagers of the vampire Marcilla and her female lovers. Astute direction by Ward Baker. This horror gem with quite daring for it's time for explicitly depicting lesbian vampire themes. Highly Recommended.
October 11, 2015
Stylish but slow moving Hammer Horror film that features, once again, Peter Cushing ridding the world of vampires. This time though it's a rather attractive pair of lady vampires he's battling in what I believe started the cycle of more overtly erotic horror films. When the film's poster declares "If you date... taste the deadly passion of the blood-nymphs!" you know what you're in for. In addition to Cushing (who was 7 years away from "Star Wars") the film features Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel and Jon Finch,
½ November 29, 2014
Put some blood back in her.

A traveling countess vampire has settled in 18th century Germany in an old house and began feasting on the poor town's people. A local general tries to solve the root cause of the issue and finds his daughter getting ill much like many of the villagers. Can he stop the countess before his daughter dies or will the countess slaughters the lambs and move onto the next village?

"You must die. Everybody must die."

Roy Ward Baker, director of The Vault of Horror, The Seven Golden Vampires, Asylum, Scars of Dracula, Journey to Midnight, and The Passage Home, delivers The Vampire Lovers. The storyline for this picture is fairly standard for the genre but definitely uses the countess and her influence very well. The acting is mediocre as are the action scenes. The cast includes Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Peter Cushing, Kate O'Mara, and Jon Finch.

"She keeps staring at you."

I grabbed this movie off Netflix because it starred the legend, Peter Cushing. He actually wasn't in it that much. This film is pretty blah outside of some amazing nude scenes (Ingrid Pitt and Pippa Steel were scream hotties in this era). Nevertheless, this is only receiving a 5 due to the hotties; other than that, not much to see here.

"They were all evil in life and remain evil after death."

Grade: C
½ November 17, 2014
A Hammer film I had never got around to seeing. I'd love to say I was blown away, but really, I just thought it was okay. I enjoyed it well enough, but it didn't make a lasting impression.
August 27, 2014
brilliant hammer horror.
½ August 18, 2014
Gave it a watch off the To-Watch Pile for my Movie Shame Monday selection and I really loved it.

Ingrid Pitt in a bodice-ripper type story never disappoints, so what's not to love?

Give that mother a rental.
July 13, 2014
not very gd film cas it ant even in english lol
plus th only gd bit is th porn sooo yeh lol
April 4, 2014
Hammer has never looked so sexy.
Vampire Lovers sports an esthetic and story similar to the standard Bram Stoker Dracula tale except instead of Dracula, we get tales of lesbian love full of bitting and blood sucking. Of course, this is technically an adaptation of the 1872 Le Fanu piece Carmilla which actually predates Dracula by 25 years but for some reason, isn't as well known.
This film has all the aspects you love about Hammer horror films including Peter Cushing!
I will admit, I'm giving this flick an extra half star simply for the eroticism it manages to portray considering the studio and time period it came out of and this type of film isn't for everybody but it does deserve at least one viewing by fans of horror and hammer films.
January 18, 2014
Old School Hammer Film.
October 16, 2013
Fantasic Hammer film based on the classic gothic lesbian vampire story Carmilla with Ingrid Pitt as said character and Peter Cushing who hunts her.
September 21, 2013
Erotic and slow-paced and not as suspenseful as Hammer's other vampire flicks but still a good experience to be had here 3/5
Francisco G.
Super Reviewer
½ August 28, 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.
½ May 9, 2013
Peter Cushing and Douglas Wilmer are great as the vampire hunters, while Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith are sexy as hell as the leading ladies that both have a nice pair on them that they aren't afraid to show off. This may not be one of the best Hammer films, but it sure is fun. It's also elevated by the fact that this one centers on lesbian vampires, and that there is a surprisingly good number of cleavage and bare breasts to be sampled here. If you are a fan of vampire films, this is an easy recommendation.
Super Reviewer
½ May 3, 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.
½ April 29, 2013
Strong opening and then it turns into a film about lesbians, until the last twenty minutes.
April 18, 2013
Having never seen this before, I wasn't sure what to expect with The Vampire Lovers. I knew that it was a risque movie about lesbian vampires, but I didn't know much else beyond that. Safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the movie. Sure it does contain an awful lot of lesbian vampire moments, but it's set up quite well. It was based on the story Carmilla and is set well within the period it takes place in. The performances are good, including Ingrid Pitt's, who you almost feel sorry for at times, despite her being a vampire. Madeline Smith is gorgeous, and it's always nice to Peter Cushing pop up in a movie, even if he is only in the beginning and the end of it. It was also nice to see a young and hunky Jon Finch in the movie. I liked how the film was set up in the beginning and how it concluded. It did drag a bit in a few spots, and had Omen qualities in aspects of the storyline, but it was satisfying and very well-made. It will soon be brought to the Scream Factory label via Shout! Factory, so I'm looking forward to it being discovered by genre fans.
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