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  • Actors: Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Kate O'Mara, Peter Cushing, Ferdy Mayne
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AWWX8YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,762 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A female vampire with lesbian tendencies ravages the young girls and townsfolk of a peaceful hamlet in eighteenth century Europe who, years earlier, killed off her fellow vampires. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as a group of men follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside. Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella "Carmilla," The Vampire Lovers stars Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Peter Cushing.


Now this ’rather erotic Hammer chiller’ (Leonard Maltin) appears on Bluray for the first time… If you dare, come into a twilight world of unspeakable horror and taste the deadly passion of the blood-nymphs!

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The film is full of great performances you come to expect from Hammer, including Peter Cushing in a smaller role than usual.
Monty Moonlight
The acting especially by Cushing is very well done as is the direction and dark atmosphere this movie has, it has that Hammer flavor to it as typical of that.
John Lindsey
A classic of latter-day Hammer Horror, The Vampire Lovers is a very good adaption of LeFanu's pre-Dracula vampire story, Carmilla (1870s).
Will Errickson

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Will Errickson on November 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I can't remember the author of that quote, but it fits this film well. A classic of latter-day Hammer Horror, The Vampire Lovers is a very good adaption of LeFanu's pre-Dracula vampire story, Carmilla (1870s). The aristocratic and drop-dead hot Ingrid Pitt plays the tortured vampire who not only lusts for blood, but for the love of young women--both forbidden to her, of course.
Peter Cushing adds his usual stoic, stiff-upper-class persona to the proceedings as he marshalls the fathers and male suitors of the victims against the power of the lovely undead. The wide-eyed innocent that falls under Carmilla's sway is played by Madeleine Smith--Mmmmm. Hammer gets the seduction scenes just right, mingling horror and eros with unexpected skill and taste. The sexual tension is high, and the scenes of bosomy women in bodices bearing huge fangs has always been a Hammer staple. I love it, myself.
The Vampire Lovers is competently acted, with a nice turn by Pitt especially, showing how unhappy she is and how she what she wants--love--will always elude her; what she needs--blood--will always cause death. Not that the movie gets too heavy into Anne Rice territory, but Pitt definitely brings some shading to her character. The atmosphere and sets are top-notch, and the story moves along at a leisurely pace, obviously holding to the original story.
I recommend this film highly to fans of softcore erotica, vampire films, and of course the tiny subgenre of lesbian vampires. You really could spend an hour-and-a-half watching far worse films. For $12, this is a real treat. Ingrid Pitt, Ingrid Pitt, where art thou?
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This edition of the movie contains two scenes that have been previously deleted from other releases. The first scene is in the prologue with the decapitation of the vampire woman. The second scene is at the climax with several cuts reinstated between Peter Cushing and the demise of Carmilla. With these scenes finally added and a reproduction at standard play, this video is a must for any serious Hammer horror film fan.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 21, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"The Vampire Lovers," directed by Roy Ward Baker in 1970, is the first in the Karnstein trilogy of Hammer films, all based quite loosely on Joseph Sheridan LeFanu's story "Carmilla." The Karnsteins are a clan of vampires, represented in this version by a bunch of scantily clad women. Ingrid Pitt stars as Carmilla, who also goes under the anagram names of Mircalla and Marcilla at various points in the story (yes, there is a story). The last of her clan, Carmilla is trying to rebuild, turning first to Laura (Pippa Steele), the daughter of General Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing) and then Emma (Madeleine Smith), the daughter of Roger Morton (George Cole). Along the way she turns Mademoiselle Perrodon (Kate O'Mara) into a sexual slave. In the great tradition of Dracula and most other vampire films, Laura dies before anyone recognizes the marks of the vampire and then the goal is to save poor Emma from the same fate.
There is a lot in "The Vampire Lovers" that never makes much sense. Who is the countess (Dawn Addams) who travels with Mircalla? What is up with the black-clad vampire (John Forbes Robertson) who keeps hanging around? Supposedly Mircalla is the last of her clan, but maybe not. Mircalla keeps saying she loves her victims, but they all end up dead, which certainly does not help out her clan much. In the end it is clear that Hammer, aided and abetted by American International in this instance, was making a flat-out lesbian vampire film. As such, I can honestly say that you are not going to find a better one out there. Ironically, "The Vampire Lovers" ends up being more erotic than the vast majority of films featuring heterosexual relationships between the undead and their victims.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on May 13, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Hammer Studios' 1970 film, "The Vampire Lovers", based on the 1872 novella "Carmilla", is the story of a beautiful young girl named Emma (Madeline Smith) whose father takes in a mysterious and charismatic traveler, the young woman Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt). She and Emma form a close bond as Emma's health begins to deteriorate during Carmilla's stay. Emma is plagued by nightmares of a great cat visiting her in her sleep and attacking her, but while father is away, the family's butler gets wind of local gossip and discovers that a vampire is suspected to be claiming young girls in the area. He quickly realizes what ails Emma and takes on the dangerous job of revealing Carmilla for what she truly is before Emma's time runs out.

The Vampire Lovers' true merit is often overlooked when viewers scoff at its gratuitous (and quite lovely, even tasteful by today's standards, ha) nudity and lesbian themes. Hammer Studios eventually became known for the bloodshed and bosoms mantra they adopted over time, and Vampire Lovers is one of the peak examples, but it's also one of the more justified, since many would agree that the original story was all about lesbian eroticism. I have not read it yet, myself, so I cannot comment on that, but I can say that what struck me most about the film's plot at first was how similar it seemed to that of "Dracula", which has been filmed many times by Hammer and other studios. This at first made me feel that Vampire Lovers was just a lesbian themed knock off, purely for the sake of making Dracula an even sexier story. However, I have recently discovered that the story "Carmilla" predates Dracula by a good 25 years. Hmm, maybe Bram Stoker wasn't all that original. Or maybe Hammer made the film version closer to Dracula than it was supposed to be.
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