Thursday, October 29, 2009

Scary Movies: Lust for a Vampire (1971)

There were three films in the Hammer Horror "Karnstein Trilogy" based on Sheridan le Fanu's Carmilla.

This is a late horror entry for Hammer, and features actors they hoped would be the studio's future, including Yutte Stensgaard as Mircalla.

This film falters at times, particularly with the inclusion of a pop song that seems terribly out of place in this Gothic tale. Despite taking place in a girl's boarding school, the film is far less hot that its predecessors, though they provide stiff [ahem] competition. Probably the best parts of the film are the Karnstein family, who make the occasional (often silent) appearance, and look so much like a family of vampires you wonder why anyone let their daughter into the school in the first place.

If you are a completist and have seen the other two films, this one is worth watching. Otherwise, grab a grain of salt, and feast your eyes on an oddly beautiful, if slightly confusing, vampire film.


Keith said...

Great post. I've never seen this one. It was interesting to check out this post. Not sure if you like Nosferatu or not. My latest post at my Dino Lounge blog is on it if you wanna check it out.

Chad Thorson said...

I have Vampire Lovers, but I didn't realize there were two other films related to the series!

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Keith - I will have to stop by. Everyone else, Keith's post is here.

@Atom Kid - They are loosely related, at best. They have their merits, mainly in that they are not all copies of each other.

Snipes said...

This one is a lot cornier than the 1st or 3rd film but I still found it to be quite enjoyable.

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