31 Days of Halloween-Day Four: The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Still Hammer time as I just flipped over the DVD from last night and watched The Vampire Lovers from 1970. This was my first time watching this one and knew I was in for a good time when I saw Peter Cushing in the cast. He isn’t the main star but always owns any movie he stars in. This time, he’s playing General Von Spielsdorf while we have Ingrid Pitt along for the ride again playing Mircalla Karnstein aka Carmilla (and her real voice as well). Yes, this is part of the Hammer Karnstein trilogy (the other two being Lust for a Vampire and Twins of Evil). Plenty of lesbian seduction, vampire wounds on female breasts, decapitations and Cushing not knowing anything about vampires seems far removed from his t Van Helsing days. There is a mysterious man-in-black who is obviously a vampire and thought to be Count Karnstein, although it is never made clear. Apparently, Christopher Lee was offered the role but turned it down (that would have been fun). Eagle-eyes will also recognize actor George Cole who plays Roger Morton. He was young Ebenezer Scrooge in 1951’s Scrooge (my personal all-time favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim). While not well-received upon its original release, it has become a cult favorite for obvious reasons and I personally enjoyed it. The Midnite Movies double feature DVD (paired with Countess Dracula) has unfortunately gone out-of-print but you can find it pretty easy; however, it can run as high as $35.

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