Lust For A Vampire
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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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I don't recall the film being as visually inventive as it was this go round. Mircalla's bloody resurrection, the freefall camerawork as bodies are dumped into a well, and Mircalla's outrageous demise are moments which engage you during the film and remain with you once the movie is over. Unfortunately nothing can be done to improve upon an uneven script, some dodgy editing, and the notorious insertion of a pop song STRANGE LOVE added by the producers into a lovemaking scene late in the film. Because of this director Jimmy Sangster and co-star Ralph Bates reportedly slid out of their seats at a preview screening and tried to leave the theater unnoticed. While LUST FOR A VAMPIRE is one of Hammer's missed opportunities it, like most of Hammer's early 1970s output, is still an entertaining way to kill 90 minutes especially if you're a fan of their movies.
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.
Anchor Bay's Region 1 DVD has a good selection of extras and a fine widescreen transfer.
Treasure or trash, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE looks fantastic thanks to the wonderful folks at Anchor Bay. There's a commentary track that is fairly pedestrian, and the goofy theatrical trailer.
If this sort of thing is your cup of T (and A), by all means, sink your teeth into it.