Lust For A Vampire
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A girl's 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. One of a number of attempts by Hammer studios to rewrite the Dracula myth for a more permissive audience.
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i am tired of people putting this film down,i think this is becuase
1.peter cushing and christopher lee are not in it !
2 director jimmy sangster + ralph bates seemed to hate it
3 people seem to be easily led by the above
4.the critics hate it
i think it is a great film-very atmospheric ,and some fantastic locations ,and i also will stick my neck out and say that i think the song "strange love " featured in film is great !
this, like a lot of hammer films are not always out to do shock and gore horrors ,but more dreamy -atmospheric films ,if you want gore and violence ,buy amercian
these films are more like gothic fantasy,than out and out horror
i also dont feel the nudity is bad ,it is all very tastefully done,unlike some of the euro horrors who rely on nudity over the story !
i am pleased to say hammer have always been a cut above this
i am going to be brave and give this 5 stars
ps i also rate dracula ad 72 in high regard
Hammer's attempt to update their gothic horror formula for the 1970s never paid off, with cheesy dialog and hammy acting (especially Mike Raven's badly dubbed and appalling attempt to channel the great Christopher Lee). The fact that its so bad is what makes this movie fun. Such bad acting makes seems to make the on-screen deaths of the so-called victims and protagonists even more enjoyable when the time comes.
The quality of the Italian-sourced DVD (Mircalla L'Amante Immortale) is crisp, clean, and about as good as you could possibly expect from a DVD for a film of this age. Audio can be switched from Italian back to the original English - although pity that there are no English subtitles.
Truthfully, this movie will mostly appeal only to Hammer fans (there are a few of us) and fans of similar horror flicks. Here's hoping that some day there will be a bluray or even a 4K release.
It's the weakest of the three films, but it has a few things going for it, chief among them Yutte Stensgaard's bisexual vampire and Pippa Steel as one of her lesbian conquests/victims (the film could just as easily have been called Lesbian Vampire in a Girl's Dormitory and might have fared better at the box-office if it had). Michael Johnson, one of those identikit early 70s British actors you'd swear you've seen a dozen times before until you look at his filmography and realize you've never seen him in anything else, is the randy dandy author of lurid gothic tales who schemes his way into a English teaching job at a finishing school so he can have his wicked way with one of the students, Yutte Stensgaard's Mircalla, not realizing that she's an even more accomplished predator who's working her way through the schoolgirls there herself. Not that he's overly concerned when he finds out, but that's no surprise considering Yutte's main competition is Suzanna Leigh, who looks about as much fun as mucking out a stable on a hot day and spends most of the film with a scornful disappointed scowl on her face that combines with unflattering photography to make her appear much like you'd imagine Joanna Lumley's brother might after a night on the tiles.
The story isn't particularly compelling and the screenplay isn't one of Hammer's best: it's the kind of film where a line of dialogue like "What you need is a -" is immediately accompanied by the fortuitous arrival of a Bishop with a line in killing the undead before the line can be finished. But it does feature much 70s nudity and even an oral sex scene to the accompaniment of perhaps the most memorable song in Hammer's oeuvre, the aptly-named Strange Love, while disc jockey Mike Raven is quite hilariously dubbed by Valentine Dyall - his delivery of the line "Heart attack!" is guaranteed to bring the house down.
Sadly, while Anchor Bay's US DVD hasa good selection of extras, on its home turf this Hammer entry gets no extras whatsoever.
So aside from the entertainment for men, what else has it got going for it? Well in all honesty not a huge amount. It is quite well photographed, but the script and some of the acting left a fair bit to be desired. Having said that I don't remember Count Karstein (Mike Raven) actually saying anything throughout the film so you can't complain about the script in that respect. Probably its main fault is the lack of a quality leading actor. Theres no Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing or Andrew Keir for that matter. However it is only just over 90 minutes long so its all over reasonably quickly.
This really is one for Hammer completists, and certainly is not in the same class Hammers best films ('Dracula' or 'The Devil Rides Out').