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22 October 1970 (USA) See more »
She's the New Horror from Hammer! See more »
Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ingrid Pitt ... Marcilla/Carmilla/Mircalla Karnstein
Pippa Steel ... Laura (as Pippa Steele)

Madeline Smith ... Emma Morton

Peter Cushing ... General von Spielsdorf

George Cole ... Roger Morton

Dawn Addams ... The Countess

Kate O'Mara ... The Governess (Mme. Perrodot)
Douglas Wilmer ... Baron Joachim von Hartog

Jon Finch ... Carl Ebhardt

Ferdy Mayne ... Doctor
Kirsten Lindholm ... First Vampire (as Kirsten Betts)

John Forbes-Robertson ... Man in Black
Shelagh Wilcocks ... Housekeeper
Harvey Hall ... Renton
Janet Key ... Gretchin

Charles Farrell ... Landlord
Graham James ... First Young Man
Tom Browne ... Second Young Man
Joanna Shelley ... Woodman's Daughter
Olga James ... Village Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jill Easter ... Woodmans Wife (uncredited)
Lindsay Kemp ... Jester (uncredited)
Sion Probert ... Young Man In Tavern (uncredited)
Vicki Woolf ... Landlords Daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Ward Baker 
Writing credits
Sheridan Le Fanu (story "Carmilla") (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu)

Harry Fine (adaptation) &
Tudor Gates (adaptation) and
Michael Style (adaptation)

Tudor Gates (screenplay)

Produced by
Harry Fine .... producer
Michael Style .... producer
Louis M. Heyward .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
Cinematography by
Moray Grant (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Needs 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
Costume Design by
Brian Cox 
Makeup Department
Tom Smith .... make-up supervisor
Pearl Tipaldi .... hairdressing supervisor
Production Management
Tom Sachs .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Greene .... construction manager
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Tony Lumkin .... recording director
Dennis Whitlock .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Bob Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Nightingale .... wardrobe mistress
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Other crew
Betty Harley .... continuity
Tina Simmons .... stand-in: Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Vampyren - en erotisk mardröm" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title), Sweden
"Вампири любовници" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Вампиры-любовники" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Amores de vampiros" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"As Amantes do Vampiro" - Portugal (original subtitled version)
"Carmilla, a Vampira de Karnstein" - Brazil (reissue title)
"Els amants del vampir" - Spain (Catalan title)
"Gruft der Vampire" - West Germany
"Kuolleiden intohimot" - Finland (imdb display title)
"La passion des vampires" - Belgium (French title)
"Las amantes del vampiro" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Oi eromenes tou vrykolaka" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Os Vampiros Amantes" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Vámpír szeretők" - Hungary
"Vampiri amanti" - Italy
"Vampyyrit - eroottinen painajainen" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Wampiryczni kochankowie" - Poland
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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1985) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (1973) | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R (Approved No. 22545) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

While filming, Ingrid Pitt and the girls have a great deal of trouble getting through scenes without giggling. In the scene where Ingrid has to drink from Kate O'Mara, her vampire teeth kept falling out and into Kate's cleavage. She eventually had to steal some gum from one of the stagehands to stick the fangs back in.See more »
Continuity: When Ingrid Pitt is lying in the coffin at the end of the film, she is wearing a nightgown with smooth fabric on the chest and stomach. As she gets Staked, the fabric is pleated.See more »
Marcilla:You must die! Everybody must die!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1973)See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Bold and Sexy Vampire Movie, 26 August 2014
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Styria, Austria, General von Spielsdorf (Peter Cushing) gives a party and a countess explains to him that she needs to travel immediately to visit a relative that is ill. She leaves her daughter Marcilla (Ingrid Pitt) under the care of the General. Marcilla befriends his daughter Laura (Pippa Steele) and then the teenager has nightmares, where she is attacked by a dreadful creature. The doctor finds that Laura is anemic and soon she dies.

Marcilla leaves the house and the countess fakes a carriage accident to leave Marcilla, now known as Carmilla, with the wealthy Mr. Roger Morton (George Cole). Camilla befriends Emma Morton (Madeline Smith) and soon she starts having nightmares. Her governess Madame Perrodot (Kate O'Mara) is seduced by Carmilla and helps her to be close to Emma. Mr. Morton travels and the butler Renton (Harvey Hall) and the doctor suspect that Madame Perrodot might be a vampire but they do not suspect of Carmilla. Will Emma be saved from Carmilla?

"The Vampire Lovers" is a bold and sexy vampire movie by Hammer with the right dose of eroticism. In 1970, lesbianism was not a usual theme and a lesbian vampire was a novelty. This is the first time that I see a vampire associated to a shroud. The plot explores the sensuality of Ingrid Pitt and her female victims but is never sexploitation. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Carmilla, A Vampira de Karnstein" ("Carmilla, The Karnstein's Vampire")

Note: Last time I had seen this movie was on 07 December 2002.

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