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Writers:
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Release Date:
22 October 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
She's the New Horror from Hammer! See more »
Plot:
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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Who wouldn't love these vampires??? See more (78 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
91 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:SOA (original rating) | 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

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Trivia:
Peter Cushing was cast at a late stage.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The story is set in the late 1700s, but at the General's ball the orchestra plays a couple of pieces by Johann Strauss Sr. (1804 - 1849) and Léo Delibes (1836-1891).See more »
Quotes:
Carl Ebhardt:It's over! It's over!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Roses from the SouthSee more »

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42 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Who wouldn't love these vampires???, 26 November 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Where would the horror field be if it weren't for the legendary Hammer Studios? With their constant creativity and new variations on the general topic of vampirism they delivered some of the most important genre-films ever. Roy Ward Baker's film the Vampire Lovers is one of the most essential movies Hammer ever released and it meant a landmark turning point for the sub-genre of bloodsuckers. Due to THIS film, vampirism afterwards always got immediately associated with eroticism and lust. The Vampire Lovers influenced notorious directors like Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, Les Avaleuses) or Jean Rollin (Lips of Blood, The Living Dead Girl) who practically made an entire career out of lesbian vampire movies. But this is the real thing! A stunning screenplay, based on a classic tale by Sheridan Le Fanu, solid acting performances and an atmospheric – almost dreamlike – photography. Ingrid Pitt plays the best, most memorable role of her career as the gypsy vampire Carmilla. Her sensual character seduces attractive young girls at the homes of prominent men where she's at guest and turns them into weak, lifeless slaves. The worried men have to uncover the origin of this vampire wench in order to destroy her forever.

'The Vampire Lovers' offers a nearly perfect combination of atmosphere, beauty and tension. Mostly thanks to the female cast led by Ingrid Pitt, this is the most bewitching horror tale Hammer ever told. The ravishing naked bodies of Pitt, Madeline Smith (Theathre of Blood) and Kate O'Mara (Horror of Frankenstein) will give this film a spot in your memory forevermore. And that's not a sexist remark; it just needs to be said. Other than the charismatic female appearances, this production also depends a lot on the eerie set pieces and the nightmarishly dark images of graveyards, ruins and castles. Overall, a splendid horror film and a must see for all fans of Hammer, vampirism or gorgeous beauties.

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