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Lust for a Vampire

Lust for a Vampire

Jimmy Sangster (1970)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Veteran Hammer writer/director Jimmy Sangster called this gothic horror "an embarrassment" in his autobiography, and Ralph Bates regretted ever starring in something so "tasteless". Both also hated the cheesy pop song Strange Love (by Tracy) incongruously dubbed over the love scene in the second of Hammer's Karnstein trilogy inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu's story Carmilla, with gratuitous lesbianism thrown into the gore formula. A shallow performance by former game-show hostess Yutte Stensgaard and some pretty ragged sets fix the lurid tone even lower as terror stalks the corridors of an exclusive girls' finishing school.


A writer is aghast to discover a seemingly well-to-do girl in a private school is actually a blood-sucking creature of the night. Hammer horror, starring Ralph Bates, Michael Johnson and Suzanna Leigh.

Cast & Crew

Giles Barton Ralph Bates
Mircalla / Carmilla Yutte Stensgaard
Countess Herritzen Barbara Jefford
Janet Playfair Suzanna Leigh
Richard Lestrange Michael Johnson
Count Karnstein Mike Raven
Trudi Luan Peters
Miss Simpson Helen Christie
Pelley David Healy
Landlord Michael Brennan
Susan Pippa Steel
Director Jimmy Sangster
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Hammer Film Prods Ltd Guidance: Contains nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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