Directed by Roy Ward Baker • 1970 • United Kingdom
Starring Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, George Cole
Hammer Film Productions put a sexy, sapphic spin on their celebrated vampire cycle with this lusty take on Sheridan LeFanu’s gothic classic “Carmilla.” Cult icon Ingrid Pitt plays the bloodthirsty Carmilla Karnstein, who ravages the young women of a nineteenth-century hamlet where, years earlier, her vampire brethren were killed. A rousing hunt for the vampiress ensues as the townsfolk follow her bloody trail of terror through the countryside. In combining vampirism with lesbian eroticism, THE VAMPIRE LOVERS pushed the Hammer horror formula into daring new territory.