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Lust For A Vampire (2007)

Ralph Bates , Barbara Jefford , Jimmy Sangster  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford, Suzanna Leigh, Michael Johnson, Yutte Stensgaard
  • Directors: Jimmy Sangster
  • Writers: Tudor Gates
  • Producers: Harry Fine, Michael Style
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OSJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Through the unholy rites of black magic, the notorious female vampire Carmilla Karnstein is reincarnated as a luscious young debutante (stunning Swedish starlet Yutte Stensgaard). But when the depraved seductress is enrolled at an exclusive girls' school, she begins to inflame the desires of her fellow students as well as her weak-willed teacher (Ralph Bates). Can these perverse hungers be quenched by the mere taste of blood or will an entire village be unwittingly consumed by their LUST FOR A VAMPIRE? Directed by Jimmy Sangster (THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS), LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is now presented completely uncut, uncensored and dripping with all the violence and eroticism that made it one of Hammer's strangest shockers ever.

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
By Surfink
Format:DVD
Lust for a Vampire is the second and generally acknowledged as the least of Hammer's Carmilla Karnstein trilogy (Vampire Lovers, Lust, Twins of Evil). The movie is actually better than I expected, with most of the downside apparently due to postproduction fiddling by producers Harry Fine and Michael Style. The script by Tudor Gates contains a few fresh twists, Jimmy Sangster's direction is competent, the women, especially Yutte Stensgaard as Mircalla, are gorgeous, and Ralph Bates is excellent in a difficult role (originally intended for Peter Cushing). But what really mars the film and no doubt contributes to its poor reputation are some shockingly bad editing and soundtrack decisions: an otherwise effective scene of three `vampiresses' stalking Michael Johnson in Karnstein castle is ruined by an idiotic voiceover; the unintentionally hilarious "subjective" murder shots were no doubt intended to be cut away from much sooner than they are; blatantly obvious, mismatched closeups of Christopher Lee's bloodshot eyes are substituted for Mike Raven's; Stensgaard and Johnson's big vampire attack/love scene is rendered completely ludicrous by an absolutely awful pop song ("Strange Love") warbling in the background, etc., etc. The movie's quite watchable but frustrating because you keep thinking, "if only Jimmy Sangster had been allowed to edit this it probably would've been much better." (After saving Hammer's bacon by replacing injured Terence Fisher at the last minute, Sangster was unceremoniously ordered off the film by the producers as soon as shooting wrapped.) As it is, it's worth a look for Hammer and vampire fans, but ultimately less than completely satisfying.
Whatever one thinks of the film, you can't complain about Anchor's DVD package. The uncut, anamorphic widescreen (1.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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What's that me hounds of classic Hammer horror films? You say you want more of the titillating, fantabuloso, bloodsucking, Sapphic action you enjoyed so much in the popular film The Vampire Lovers (1970)? Well, fret not, as Hammer Studios heard your grubby pleas and punched out this sequel, titled Lust for a Vampire (1971). Directed Jimmy Sangster, known for his excellent writing work on such films like X the Unknown (1956), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), and Dracula (1958), the film stars Ralph Bates (Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde), Michael Johnson (Anne of the Thousand Days), and Yutte Stensgaard (Scream and Scream Again), in her last silver screen appearance. Also appearing is Barbara Jefford (The Ninth Gate), Suzanna Leigh (The Lost Continent), Helen Christie (Rasputin: The Mad Monk), and former pirate radio station disc jockey Mike Raven, whom I last saw in the fairly rotten film Crucible of Terror (1971).

The film, set in the year 1830, begins with the abduction of a peasant girl, whose yams are literally bursting forth from her cleavage, begging for a squeeze. The girl ends up being used in some black magic ritual (what a waste), one that reincarnates what I guess to be a vampire, and a sexy one at that...we then switch to a nearby town where we meet noted author Richard Lestrange (Johnson), who's visiting the area interested in researching material for a new book. Seems the town has had some bad luck over the years, specifically with a family by the name of Karnstein, and their now dilapidated castle that is no longer occupied...or is it? Anyway, turns out the vampiric activity follows a 40-year cyclical timetable, and the anniversary is here...sure enough, young, boobalicious girlies begin to go missing.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I've Upended The Cross." July 12, 2006
Format:DVD
LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is the second (and almost universally considered the weakest) of Hammer's "Carmilla Trilogy" based on J. Sheridan LeFanu's famed short story.

A bit loopy and campy, this film is nowhere as bad as its detractors want it to be, though DRACULA it isn't and can never be.

In LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, the lesbian vampire Carmilla Karnstein (played here by Danish actress/model Yutte Stensgaard, who is one of the blondest, most sensuous, and ethereal women to ever grace a movie screen) decides to make an 1830s girls' finishing school her favorite haunt. She spends a great deal of time finishing the girls, quite enjoyably. The women are all universally voluptuous and beautiful, and bare breasts and bodies are well in evidence.

As with all Hammer films, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is stylish and visually attractive, though the script here is weak and a bit chaotic, leaving way too many loose ends, even for a Hammer production. But if you're watching LUST FOR A VAMPIRE for its storyline you're confusing it with some other movie. So sit back, and take in the unforgettably erotic spectacle of a chocolate-syrup blood smeared Yutte Stensgaard snacking on some of the sweetest eye candy in all filmdom.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent atmospheric movie! March 22, 2007
Format:DVD
Even though so many people think poorly of this film, it really is an excellent film. The sets are excellent and, really, the acting is just fine. The music is some of the best music I've heard in a horror movie. Even some of the scenes are perfectly timed with this music. This is one of my favorite vampire films. I enjoy watching this one over and over. It's not scary, and it's not bloody...if you're looking for something like that, this movie is not it. But if you want a dreamy, atmospheric movie with beautiful people, beautiful sets, and great music, this is it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars some pretty girls and nothing more!
A muddled and boring story. The ONLY redeeming thing this movie has going for it is pretty girls showing their breasts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by grendel
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
This movie is okay from the Karnstein trilogy. But not as good as The Vampire Lovers and Twins of Evil.
Published 3 months ago by Charles D. Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars One Of Hammer's Missed Opportunities.
Rightfully acknowledged as the weak link in Hammer's Karnstein Trilogy, I was surprised upon revisiting LUST FOR A VAMPIRE that it had more worthwhile moments than I remembered. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
5.0 out of 5 stars This one Is one of the greats!
I am proud to finally own this gem. When I first heard of it i thought Here we go with just another vampire film from the 70's. Boy was I wrong. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sammy Surfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Rating although DVD is not an Anchor Bay release
I have a copy of the original DVD which I gave to my niece. This copy is made by Lions Gate and not the original Anchor Bay release. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sherlock Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Good/Bad Hammer
"Lust for a Vampire" (original title was: "To Love a Vampire") has to be Hammer's cheesiest vampire film, the second in their "Karnstein Trilogy," ups the nudity (in an approved... Read more
Published 15 months ago by V. Risoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Lust for the Vampire - It IS a very good movie!
I don't know why people say this movie isn't good. It IS good. The photography is excellent, the story is excellent, and the acting is very good, too. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Josette
3.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel!
This is the second in the Hammer "Carmilla" trilogy. Ingrid Pitt, who appeared in "The Vampire Lovers" (and in "Countess Dracula", not in the trilogy") is replaced by Yutte... Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by R. Marcil
4.0 out of 5 stars Those Evil Karnsteins Have Moved Next Door! There Goes The...
Beautiful Swedish actress Yutte Steinsgaard has reprised the role of the evil, bisexual vampire, Carmilla Karnstein in "Lust for a Vampire. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesbian Vampire in a Girls' Dormitory
"Welcome to the finishing school where they really do finish you" throatily growled the trailer to Lust For a Vampire, the troubled second film in Hammer's Karnstein trilogy,... Read more
Published on March 5, 2008 by Trevor Willsmer
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