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This is one of three Hammer films loosely based on Sheridan LeFanu's book Camilla, which gives the standard vampire story a lesbian twist. The other two films are The Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil. In this film, Count Karnstein, through a magical ritual, relies on the feedings of the newly re-fleshed and voluptuous vampire Mircalla (Yutte Stensgaard) for his own sustenance. This keeps her very busy indeed. She finds a ready supply of victims at a girls' finishing school. Her troubles begin when two male ...
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This is one of three Hammer films loosely based on Sheridan LeFanu's book Camilla, which gives the standard vampire story a lesbian twist. The other two films are The Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil. In this film, Count Karnstein, through a magical ritual, relies on the feedings of the newly re-fleshed and voluptuous vampire Mircalla (Yutte Stensgaard) for his own sustenance. This keeps her very busy indeed. She finds a ready supply of victims at a girls' finishing school. Her troubles begin when two male teachers from the school decide to investigate.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.77:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with director Jimm Sangster and star Suzanna Leigh; moderated by Hammer Films historian Marcus Hearn; Theatrical trailer; Radio spots; Poster and still gallery ; Talent bios
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • UPC: 013131146097
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yutte Stensgaard Mircalla/Carmilla
Ralph Bates Giles Barton
Michael Brennan Landlord
Nick Brimble First Villager
Jonathan Cecil Biggs
Vivienne Chandler Schoolgirl
Erik Chitty Prof. Herz
Chris Cunningham Coachman
Helen Christie Miss Simpson
Melinda Churcher Schoolgirl
Harvey Hall Insp. Heinrich
David Healy Raymond Pelley
Barbara Jefford Countess
Michael Johnson Richard
Suzanna Leigh Janet
Caryl Little Isabel
Sue Longhurst Schoolgirl
Judy Matheson Amanda
Jack Melford Bishop
Christopher Neame Hans
Christopher Neame Hans
Luan Peters Trudie
Mike Raven Count Karnstein
Pippa Steele Susan Pelley
Technical Credits
Jimmy Sangster Director
George Blackler Makeup
Harry Fine Producer
Tudor Gates Screenwriter
Philip Martell Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Mingaye Art Director
David Muir Cinematographer
Spencer Reeve Editor
Harry Robinson Score Composer
Michael Style Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Off to the Picnic [2:00]
2. Main Titles [2:19]
3. Innocence to Evil [5:15]
4. Stories of the Undead [3:15]
5. Finishing School [6:46]
6. "Lights Out" [3:06]
7. Moonlight Swim [1:10]
8. Substitute Teacher [2:14]
9. Classes Commence [2:15]
10. Missing Susan [6:23]
11. Karnstein History [2:00]
12. The Black Arts [7:59]
13. Dark Discoveries [5:54]
14. Strange Love [11:05]
15. Cover-Ups [3:01]
16. Rendezvous [6:26]
17. Possessed [4:22]
18. Exhumation [5:19]
19. Vampire Stories [3:37]
20. Final Fire? [9:42]
21. End Credits [:52]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Extras
      Commentary
         Commentary With Jimmy Sangster and Star Suzanna Leigh, Moderated by Hammer Films Historian Marcus Hearn: On
         Commentary With Jimmy Sangster and Star Suzanna Leigh, Moderated by Hammer Films Historian Marcus Hearn: Off
      Trailer
      Radio Spots
      Poster and Still Gallery
      Talent Bios
         Jimmy Sangster - Director
         Ralph Bates
         Yutte Stensgaard
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An enjoyable movie but a little cheesy.

    There are hundreds of Dracula movies out there and that, in itself, is pretty scary. New vampire flicks pop up on occasion but since Bram Stokers Dracula in all its modern glory came out, some of the older vampire flicks haven’t exactly been overly popular. One of the few worth checking out is Lust For A Vampire. It’s a 70’s B movie that has enough of the big three (Scary, Sexy, and a story) to keep the viewers attention. This flick delivers them but only in the basic sense since it’s a low budget piece. It’s cheesy and over the top but somewhat fun to watch. This film is based on the book Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu, which was a ground play for Bram Stokers book Dracula. First off, it’s English so there are no hokey camouflaged California accents from Keanu Reeves and it’s just as well because Reeves couldn’t speak with enough of an English accent to save his life but I give him credit for expanding his vocabulary beyond the word ‘Dude’. So the tea and crumpet people give this a wing here and it lends a flavor to the film because it’s more believable. It’s got that air of civilization-in-chaos to it and it draws the viewer in but can lose the non-traditional movie watcher. A famous writer of superstitions, occultism, religions and mythology comes to a small English village on a brief stopover while looking for a subject for his next book. While there, he hears of the mysterious Karnstein castle, which is supposed to be the home of the greatest evils known to exist. Predictably he is swept up in this notion and decides to stay a while. After trekking up to the castle he is confronted by three silent women in cloaks and hoods. This little teaser leads us to the fact that its just three girls who are part of an exclusive all girl school. After a brief tour, he sees a bevy of beautiful babes and after some trickery with the competition a teacher who eventually becomes infatuated with a student named Mircalla. But her beauty has already captured the eyes of another professor who knows a deeply hidden secret about her. Unless you’ve suffered a recent severe head injury, it’s a real no-brainer to figure out what it is. This film has a little more sex than other vamp flicks. Count on seeing some nudity and some steamy suggestions. There isn’t a lot of blood in it but it does pull off some decent suspense. I also like the fact that there are a few twists in this film. Some of the characters are not what they appear to be and that adds a few tingles but there should be a lot more. As a screenwriter, I would have written it differently and the biggest flaw is the special effects. During the final scene, it couldn’t be more obvious that a mannequin was used and if you look closely enough, you can see the stuffing popping out of the seams. Putting the pitiful special effects aside, my major problem with this film is that the character of Giles Barton doesn’t fulfill the role of a man who is risking his soul to possess the forbidden fruit. He just doesn’t seem to want to eat the apple. He isn’t the traditional hero and doesn’t really do all that much besides want Mircalla and he doesn’t defend her against the accusations with enough gusto to make the conflict stronger. Some of the characters are way too over the top and even off in another direction. Professor Herz, (Eric Chitty) is the icon of nerdlingers everywhere and all that’s missing are orthopedic shoes. Schoolmistress Miss Simpson (Helen Christie) is far too gullible in playing the part of the manipulated pawn of evil. She needs more resistance for her character to shine through. Finally Yutte Stensgaard has the role of Mircalla/Carmilla. She is unbelievably beautiful but just isn’t convincing as a real vampire. The nude scenes seem to act as more of a compensatory element rather than character credibility and there isn&#821

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