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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - The Vampire Lovers

by Garon Cockrell

If you dare…taste the deadly passion of the blood-nymphs!  Or if you prefer, lesbian vampires.   Also Hammer.  So I’m pretty sure you’ve stopped reading this already.


The Vampire Lovers
The Film:
The Vampire Lovers is an adaptation of the J. Sheridan La Fanu’s novella Carmilla and tells the story of a female vampire (vampiress?) stalking a village in eighteenth century Europe and the group of men tracking her down.   Putting aside that social commentary for a moment, you might find yourself enjoying this one.  It’s got plenty of nudity if that’s what you are interested in.  It’s wonderfully shot and acted and is a nice addition to the vampire oeuvre. 
That said it is about lesbian vampires so you’ll get plenty of that too.  Of course they are quite beautiful.  

The Disc:
The film was released in 1970 and Scream Factory has given us a stunning transfer.  The colors explode off the screen. It looks brand new but still has that classic Hammer atmosphere and feeling.   It’s a testament to Scream Factory that they give 100% on all of their titles, including a lesbian vampire cult film that a lot people may never have even heard of.  It’s definitely one worth checking out.

The Features:
  • Feature Length Commentary with Roy Ward Baker (Director), Tudor Gates (Writer) and Ingrid Pitt (Carmilla) moderated by Jonathan Sothcott
  • Excerpts from the novella Carmilla, that inspired the film, read by Ingrid Pitt
  • Interview with Madeline Smith (Emma)
  • Interviews with Hammer Films Scholars
  • Radio Spot

The Specs:
  • 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1.78.1)
  • DTS HD Master Audio Mono
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Runtime:  91 minutes
  • Rating: R

Final Grades:
Story:  A / Great original tale about sexy vampiresses on the hunt and Peter Cushing on the prowl
Presentation: A / Gorgeous picture.  A really wonderful transfer.
Scare Factor:  B / It’s not very scary.  It’s a little creepy but it’s more of an erotic sort of creep fest.   I don’t think you’ll be looking over your shoulder while you’re watching.
Gore Factor:  B / Not very much gore at all.  There is a little bit of cringe but Id barely call it gore.
Repeat view-ability:  B / It’s a good film worth repeating.  I’m sure there are people out there who will find PLENTY of reasons to watch it again.
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