Vampire Lovers/Lust For A Vampire

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Double bill of blood-sucking horror. In 'The Vampire Lovers' (1970), Ingrid Pitt plays Camilla, a beautiful blood-sucking lesbian vampire with milky white skin and a thirst for the blood of pretty young virgins. When she attacks Laura (Pippa Steel), the daughter of General von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing), the general enlists the help of Baron Joachim von Hartog (Douglas Wilmer) to overcome the vampiress and bring an end to the terror and bloodshed. In 'Lust for a Vampire' (1970), a girls' finishing school in Transylvania has its ranks swollen by the enrollment of the beautiful Mircalla Karnstein (Barbara Jefford). English teacher Richard Lestrange (Ralph Bates) falls for her seductive yet lethal charms: for Mircalla is a vampire and Richard has to save her from the wrath of his fellow villagers, whilst protecting himself against her deadly kiss.

Starring:
Suzanna Leigh, Dawn Addams
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Discs
  • Vampire Lovers, The ages_15_and_over
  • Lust For A Vampire ages_18_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 59 minutes
Starring Suzanna Leigh, Dawn Addams, Ralph Bates, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, Barbara Jefford, Madeline Smith, Yutte Stensgaard
Director Jimmy Sangster, Roy Ward Baker
Genres Horror
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 22 September 2008
Main languages English

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By David TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sep 2008
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This two disk set contains the Hammer horror films The Vampire Lovers and Lust For A Vampire. Both films are very losely based on Sheradan Le Fanu's Carmilla.

First up is The Vampire Lovers starring Ingrid Pitt and a selection of Hammer beauties including Kate O Mara (The Rani in Doctor Who). Peter Cushing and George Cole appear as the male leads. There is quite alot of nudity and I think that the film is uncut - the decapitation scenes seem to be intact - they are certainly longer than the other releases I have seen. The print is in 1.85 widescreen and is pritty good quality with a few scratches.

Next up is Lust For A Vampire. This was one of the least popular Hammer films and is generally ridiculed. I have to say I actually quite enjoyed it. Ralph Bates stars with Yvette Stensgard taking over Ingrid Pitt's role (she was filming Countess Dracula at the time). Once again there is quite alot of nudity with some pritty mild gore. The print again is in 1.85 widescreen and is very clear with hardly and blemishes.

All in all this is a very nice package. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of extras. You get a couple of trailers bit no commentary tracks or behind the scenes - still you can't have everything.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. SCM Bell VINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2009
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The problem with Hammer Horror films it is, for all their charm and atmosphere, it is, at times, difficult to ignore their weaknesses - the uneven pacing, shoddy sets and hackneyed characters that dog their history. That said Vampire Lovers is a particularly fine example and a cultural milestone that heralded the arrival of vampyric characters as being romantic, charismatic and seductive.
For all the strength of the cast in this film - George Cole and obligatory Peter Cushing, for all it's whimsical, dreamlike eroticism and relatively slick (by Hammer standards) execution this film rises head and shoulders above it peers solely by virtue of it's leading lady.

Essentially defining the vampire for the generation of films that would follow Ingrid Pitt carries the cast and production effortlessly on a tide of charisma, charm, grace and almost preternatural beauty.

While this film is undoubtedly exploitative and resolutely sexist, it manages to inadvertently empower it's female lead albeit at the cost of the bevy of blushing, fainting beauties who line up only to fall under her spell. The patriarchal men who populate the film, dotting about looking worried, grumpy and pallid, look pathetic next to the animalistic, virile goddess squaring up against them As they cower behind their trinkets of religion, powerless to stop their women being spirited away, we inadvertently begin to side with the vampires. Just observe the scene where Ingrid's Carmilla bears down on the young buck who storms in to rescue the dizzy young virgin from our anti-heroine's clutches. Is it me or does the phallic sword that he wields seem to droop slightly as she storms down the stairs towards him?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EasyGoer2 on 28 Nov 2011
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...of these 1970 Hammer movies with an erotic flavour. I already had 'Vampire Lovers' which was in 4:3, in contrast to this newer 'Optimum Releasing' edition, which is obviously matted to the theatrical release format of 1.85:1. The cropping frequently cuts off the top of Ingrid's and Madeleine's heads. Both movies are decent transfers to DVD. Only trailers are extras, but that doesn't bother me, as I'm not a fan of self-indulgent commentaries and documentaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 12 July 2011
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This is a great double feature with two good Hammer films, both films have alot of Hammer babes including the sexy Ingrid Pit as Carmilla the lesbian vampire in Vampire Lovers. Vampire Lovers was directed by Roy Ward Baker, the director of the amazing Asylum and Scars of Dracula. As the 1970s rolled around, Hammer were having problems. Their co-production deal with Seven Arts, that saw such big budgeted classics as Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) and The Devil Rides Out (1968) had ended after the disastrous flop of "space western" Moon Two Zero (1969). Meanwhile, the increasing liberalisation across Europe had seen increased blood and nudity becoming standard in horror cinema, and Hammer's implied sexuality was no longer cutting the ice. They needed a new American partner, and their one time rivals American International Productions stepped up with the money, while J Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla novel provided a perfect mix of vampires and lesbian romance.

Vampire Lovers revolves around a 19th century castle somewhere in Stiria, Baron von Hartog (Douglas Wilmer) stalks the graveyard of the Karnstein castle waiting for a vampire to arise - he is seeking revenge for the death of his sister at their hands. Decades later at a ball, held by General Von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing), a mysterious Countess and her beautiful daughter Marcilla (Ingrid Pitt) arrive. The Countess is called away, and asks to leave her daughter with von Spielsdoft, and she befriend's his daughter - but soon she starts to grow ill and eventually dies, with a distinctive bite mark on her breast. The General heads off to track down a Baron von Hartog after Marcilla disappears.
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