THE VAMPIRE LOVERS
Director - Roy Ward Baker, Screenplay - Harry Fox, Tudor Gates & Michael
Style, Based on the Short Story Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Producers
- Fine & Style, Photography - Moray Grant, Music - Harry Robinson,
Music Supervisor - Philip Martell, Makeup - Tom Smith, Art Direction -
Scott MacGregor. Production Company - Hammer/AIP. 1970.
Ingrid Pitt (Carmilla Karnstein/Marcilla), Madeleine Smith (Emma Morton),
Harvey Hall (Renton), Kate O’Mara (Mademoiselle Perrodot), Peter Cushing
(General Spielsdorf), Pippa Steele (Laura Spielsdorf), George Cole (Roger
Morton), Jon Finch (Carl Ebhardt), Douglas Wilmer (Baron Joachim
von Hartog), Ferdy Mayne (Doctor) Kirsten Betts (Vampire)
A vengeful Baron enters the Karnstein Castle and be-heads a female vampire. But the cause of her
vampirism, Mircalla, manages to escape.
Years later, Mircalla returns as Marcilla. Not long after her appearance,
Marcilla is introduced to the social world by a countess. After managing
to talk herself into a wealthy household, the vampire begins to feed on
her young, female victims through lesbianism. Marcilla lures Laura away
from her fiancee Carl and plunges her fangs into the girl’s breast. As a
result from the bite, Laura dies and Mircilla, now under the name Carmilla,
sets her attention on Emma Morton.
Carmilla slowly sucks Emma’s life away until a doctor figures out that
vampirirism is being practiced, and that Carmilla is the key to the answer.
During the daylight hours, the doctor, Baron Hartog, the General and
Carl discover the vampire resting in her coffin. The men take her body
to a chapel where the General drives a stake through her heart. Carmilla
is then be-headed and put to rest.
Screen grabs by Stuart Hall