The Vampire Lovers

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Femme Fantastique: Resurrecting The Vampire Lovers; Reading of "Carmilla" by Ingrid Pitt; Commentary with director Roy Ward Baker; Interview with actress Madeline Smith; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer; Radio spot
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Editorial Reviews

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This Hammer Films production isn't their finest moment but its easy to understand why it has become an enduring cult favorite with horror fans: The Vampire Lovers pushes the "bloodshed & bosoms" formula of the Hammer hits to its limit, replaces the usual Christopher Lee-style masculine vampire with a curvy female vamp and plays up its source story's lesbian theme for an extra bit of prurient spice. It is neither as shocking or scary as it might have once been but the film still remains worth the time of horror fans for a few reasons. Director Roy Ward Baker creates a strong gothic atmosphere (especially in the vampire-hunt scenes that frame the narrative) and the combination of gorgeous period decor and Harry Robinson's blood-and-thunder musical score create a perfectly spooky backdrop for this tale. However, the key element of The Vampire Lovers is Ingrid Pitt's attention-grabbing performance as Carmilla: she delivers the erotic charge the role requires but also brings a tragic loneliness to the part that gives the film a welcome dramatic edge. Old-school horror fans will also be pleased by Peter Cushing's reliably strong work as the vengeful father of Carmilla's first victim. In the end, The Vampire Lovers is an entertaining, memorably sexy addition to the vampire mythos and well worth a look to fans of gothic chills.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • UPC: 826663139693
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,299

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ingrid Pitt Mircalla/Marcilla/Carmilla
George Cole Roger Morton
Kate O'Mara Mme. Perrodot
Madeline Smith Emma Morton
Peter Cushing Gen. Spielsdorf
Dawn Addams The Countess
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Doctor
Douglas Wilmer Baron Hartog
Carl Finch Carl Ebbhardt
Kirsten Betts 1st Vampire
John Forbes-Robertson Man in Black
Harvey Hall Renton
Shelagh Wilcox Housekeeper
Pippa Steele Laura Spielsdorf
Charles Farrell Landlord
Graham James Young Man
Olga James Village Girl
Janet Key Gretchen
Technical Credits
Roy Ward Baker Director
Harry Fine Producer, Screenwriter
Tudor Gates Screenwriter
Moray Grant Cinematographer
Roy Hyde Sound/Sound Designer
Scott MacGregor Art Director
James Needs Editor
Harry Robinson Score Composer
Tom Sachs Production Manager
Tom Smith Makeup
Michael Style Producer, Screenwriter
Derek Whitehurst Asst. Director
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