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3.0 out of 5 stars
Strange Love, 29 April 2005
In 1970 Hammer continued the adventures of Carmilla Karnstein with this silly but entertaining and oft maligned follow up to The Vampire Lovers. Every forty years the vampire family Karnstein return to wreak havoc among the peasantry, only this time there's an all girls finishing school to sink their teeth into. Danish pastry Yutte Stensgaard steps into Ingrid Pitt's role as the seductive predator, putting the bite on Pippa Steele and Judy Matheson and she looks absolutely ravishing! Michael Johnson is the weedy love interest, as shallow an individual as you will ever meet who beats poor Ralph Bates to square one, the latter knocked off in one of those glorious dream-like sequences that make these films a wonder to watch. Mike Raven gives an hilarious turn as Count Karnstein and his prognosis of "a heart attack!" is a real rib-tickler. Centre stage is taken by the cemetery love scene; swirling ground fog, Carmilla doffing her clothes and going cross-eyed at the moment of orgasm, Tracy warbling the title theme Strange Love... "...if I were a vampire, then you would die." Gorgeous production, even if the camera crew are glimpsed unintentionally during the coachman staking scene and the special effects are not so special. Followed a year later by the even sillier and over rated Twins of Evil.