1970 The Vampire Lovers

The Vampire Lovers - 1970

An American International-Hammer Films pmduction released through MGM-EMI Film Distributors Limited (UK) and American International (USA) 

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MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

Technicolor 91 mins 


The film starts with a prologue in which Baron Hartog seeks to eradicate the undead monsters of the Karnstein family, vampires which hold an Eastern European province in a grip of terror. He manages to destroy all but one - Mircalla Karnstein, whose grave eludes him. Years later, calling herself Marcilla, she reappears and is invited by the unsuspecting General Spielsdorf to stay in his house with his beautiful young daughter, Laura. Soon, though, Laura is having terrible nightmares and showing signs of acute anaemia.....

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Art Director Scott MacGregor
Editor James Needs
Production Manager Tom Sachs
Assistant Director Derek Whitehurst
Sound Recordist Claude Hitchcock
Sound Editor Roy Hyde
Continuity Betty Harley
Make-up Supervisor Tom Smith
Hairdressing Supervisor Pearl Tipaldi
Wardrobe Mistress Laura Nightingale
Costume Designer Brian Cox
Construction Manager Bill Greene
Recording Director Tony Lumkin
Dubbing Mixer Dennis Whitlock
Camera Operator Neil Binney
Director of Photography Moray Grant
Music Composed by Harry Robinson
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Tudor Gates
Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" by Harry Fine, Tudor Gates and Michael Style
Produced by Harry Fine and Michael Style
Directed by Roy Ward Baker


Mircalla/Marcilla/Carmilla Ingrid Pitt
General Spielsdorf Peter Cushing
Emma Madeline Smith
Carl Jon Finch
Laura Spielsdorf Pippa Steele
Morton George Cole
The Countess (Guest Star) Dawn Addams
Baron Hartog Douglas Wilmer
The Governess Kate O'Mara
Gretchin Jane Kaye
Doctor Ferdy Mayne
First Vampire Kirsten Betts
Man in Black John Forbes-Robertson
Housekeeper Shelagh Wilcocks
Renton Harvey Hall
Landlord Charles Farrell
First Young Man Graham James
Second Young Man Tom Browne
Woodman's Daughter Joanna Shelley
Village Girl Olga James


Broadening their horizons still further in the new, permissive era, Hammer injected this film with ample doses of nudity and lesbianism.

Ingrid Pitt had come to the attention of James Carreras after her roles in "Where Eagles Dare" (1968) and Amicus's "The House that Dripped Blood" (1969). For Hammer, she also starred in "Countess Dracula" (1970). Her other films include "The Wicker Man" (1973, with Christopher Lee) and "Who Dares Wins" (1982).

 George Cole had been a regular film actor since his first film, "Cottage to Let", in 1941. His most famous role in the cinema was probably that of Flash Harry in the first four "St. Trinians" films (1954 -1966). His other films include Olivier's "Henry V" (1944), "Scrooge" (1951), "Top Secret" (1952), "The Green Man" (1956), "Too Many Crooks" (1959), "Cleopatra" (1963), and "Fright" (1971). His only other Hammer film was "Don't Panic, Chaps!" (1959). On television, he became know to millions as Arthur Daley in Thames TV's "Minder".

John Forbes-Robertson would later inherit the role of Dracula from Christopher Lee in Hammer's "The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires" (1974).

 Although not mentioned in the credits, "The Vampire Lovers" was made at A.B.P.C. Studios in Elstree.

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection