1970 Lust for a Vampire

Lust for a Vampire - 1970

A Hammer production presented by EMI Film Productions Limited, distributed by Anglo-EMI Film Distributors Limited and released through MGM-EMI film Distributors Limited 

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MPAA Approved Certificate No. 22676

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 

RCA Sound System 

Made at EMI/MGM Eistree Studios, England

Technicolor 91 mins


In 1830, Richard Lestrange, a teacher of literature, takes up a post at a girls' finishing school close to Karnstein Castle, where he develops an infatuation with one of his pupils, the enigmatically beautiful Mircalla, unaware that she is in fact the reincarnation of a notorious local vampire. Giles Barton, one of Lestrange's fellow teachers who has an interest in the occult, suspects the truth and reveals to Miraclla his fascination to learn more the evil cult to which she belongs. His interference costs him his life and places Lestrange in mortal peril!

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Art Director Don Mingaye
Editor Spencer Reeve
Production Manager Tom Sachs
Assistant Director David Bracknell
Sound Recordist Ron Barron
Sound Editor Terry Poulton
Continuity Betty Harley
Make-up Supervisor George Blackler
Hairdressing Supervisor Pearl Tipaldi
Wardrobe Mistress Laura Nightingale
Construction Manager Bill Greene
Dubbing Mixer Len Abbott
Recording Director Tony Lumkin
Camera R. Anstiss
Director of Photography David Muir
Choreographer Babbie McManus
Music Composed by Harry Robinson
"Strange Love" sung by Tracy
Lyrics Frank Godwin
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Tudor Gates
Based on characters created by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Produced by Harry Fine and Michael Style
Directed by Jimmy Sangster


Giles Barton Ralph Bates
Mircalla Yuette Stensgard
Countess Barbara Jefford
Janet Suzanna Leigh
Richard Michael Johnson
Count Karnstein Mike Raven
Trudi Luan Peters
Pelley David Healey
Miss Simpson Helen Christie
Susan Pippa Steele
Coachman Christopher Cunningham
Landlord Michael Brennen
Professor Hertz Erik Chitty
Inspector Heinrich Harvey Hall
Hans Christopeher Neams
Amanda Judy Matheson
Sophie Erica Beale
Isabel Caryl Little
Bishop Jack Melford
Biggs Jonathon Cecil
Peasant Girl Kirsten Lindholm
First Villager Nick Brimble
Second Villager David Richardson
Schoolgirls Vivienne Chandler, Melinda Churcher, Melita Clarke, Jackie Reapman, Sue Longhurst, Patricia Warner


This film was hit in the pre-production stage by the loss of its original star and director. Peter Cushing, who was to have played the part taken by Ralph Bates, had to pull out because of his wife's illness; and Jimmy Sangster took over from Terence Fisher, who was incapacitated with a broken leg. 
Danish actress Yutte Stensgaard had appeared in Amicus's "Scream and Scream Again" (1969). Despite her announced ambition to win an Oscar, it was not to be and she ended up doing a short stint as a hostess on the ATV game show "The Golden Shot". 
Disc Jockey Mike Raven tried the occasional stab at acting. His other roles include the low-budget "Crucible of Terror" (1971). In "Lust for a Vampire", however, his voice was dubbed by actor Valentine Dyall.

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