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
Production Manager
Assistant Director
Sound Recordist
Sound Editor
Make-up Supervisor
Hairdressing Supervisor
Wardrobe Mistress
Costume Designer
Construction Manager
Recording Director
Dubbing Mixer
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed by
Musical Supervisor
Screenplay by
Produced by
Directed by 

Scott MacGregor
James Needs
Tom Sachs
Derek Whitehurst
Claude Hitchcock
Roy Hyde
Betty Harley
Tom Smith
Pearl Tipaldi
Laura Nightingale
Brian Cox
Bill Greene
Tony Lumkin
Dennis Whitlock
Neil Binney
Moray Grant
Harry Robinson
Philip Martell
Tudor Gates
Harry Fine and Michael Style
Roy Ward Baker

Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” by Harry Fine, Tudor Gates and Michael Style


General Spielsdorf
Laura Spielsdorf
The Countess (Guest Star)
Baron Hartog
The Governess
First Vampire
Man in Black
First Young Man
Second Young Man
Woodman’s Daughter
Village Girl

Ingrid Pitt
Peter Cushing
Madeline Smith
Jon Finch
Pippa Steele
George Cole
Dawn Addams
Douglas Wilmer
Kate O’Mara
Jane Kaye
Ferdy Mayne
Kirsten Betts
John Forbes-Robertson
Shelagh Wilcocks
Harvey Hall
Charles Farrell
Graham James
Tom Browne
Joanna Shelley
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