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"The trouble with this part of the world is they have too many fairy tales."
on February 15, 2015
The salacious cover art on this Blu-ray edition of The Vampire Lovers is purposely misleading as no such scene ever appears in this movie. No one is chained to a wall. There is no army of female vampires on the loose. Instead, you have a single vampire on the prowl (Ingrid Pitt as Marcilla/Carmilla). She targets two young women (Pippa Steel as Laura, her first victim, then Madeline Smith as Emma). Anyone else who gets in her way is simply a warm beverage. The plot is very basic, Marcilla/Carmilla insinuates herself in two households and holds sway over the people there as she exerts her influence over her two victims. She's aided in her evil deeds by a mysterious woman claiming to be her mother. This mother brokers Marcilla/Carmilla's entry into the right home then departs. Periodically throughout the film a creepy looking guy on horseback puts in an appearance, grins malevolently, then disappears. This movie is heavy on atmosphere, less than forthcoming on information. It begins in General von Spielsdorf's home (Peter Cushing). Then the General makes a hasty departure and doesn't reappear until the final scenes, making him less than a supporting character. (A great pity considering I bought this movie thinking it was a Peter Cushing vehicle.) Make no mistake about it; this is Ingrid Pitt's movie. Her character is a force to be reckoned with. It's a fascinating performance. She manages to evoke such great sadness that one could almost feel sorry for her. Poor dear, she has to drink people to death. Well, at least she didn't dine alone.