The Vampire Lovers | Hammer 1970 | Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing

The Vampire Lovers | Hammer 1970 | Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing

Although it’s over-long and has some genuinely silly moments and dialogue, this was a key film from Hammer. It made a star (within the horror genre) of Ingrid Pitt who went on memorably to Countess Dracula.

It was the first of the studio’s films to exploit nudity and make what was a soft-core horror movie. Pitt plays Carmilla, a lesbian vampire who ravishes young girls in a village and becomes the target of a man whose daughter is one of her victims.

Based on a story by Sheridan Le Fanu, the movie makes full use of the conventions of the vampire movie – and led to innumerable spin-offs.

cast
Ingrid Pitt as Marcilla
Peter Cushing as General von Spielsdorf
George Cole as Roger Morton
Kate O’Mara as The Governess (Mme. Perrodot)
Ferdy Mayne as Doctor
Douglas Wilmer as Baron Joachim von Hartog
Madeline Smith as Emma Morton
Dawn Addams as The Countess
Pippa Steel as Laura
Jon Finch as Carl Ebhardt
Kirsten Lindholm as First Vampire
John Forbes-Robertson as Man in Black

crew
Art Direction: Scott Macgregor
Director Of Photography: Moray Grant
Makeup Supervisor: Tom Smith
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Editor: James Needs
Producer: Harry Fine
Producer: Michael Style
Original Music Composer: Harry Robertson
Adaptation: Harry Fine
Adaptation: Tudor Gates
Adaptation: Michael Style
Novel: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Screenplay: Tudor Gates

UK | Hammer | 91 minutes | 1970

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