The Vampire Lovers
The Vampire Lovers (1970)

This sexy horror story from Britain's Hammer Films finds Ingrid Pitt playing three roles, the most notable being a lesbian vampire who will resort to biting a man only when it is absolutely necessary. A doctor and a manservant are… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 4, 1970
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Fairly flat dialog doesn't provide much of the unconscious humor that usually gives a lift to this type of entertainment.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

What's remarkable about 'The Vampire Lovers' is not the bite wounds that mark the bare female breasts but the intense romantic yearning and fear of separation and loneliness that mark the character of Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt).

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Not the best of the Karnstein trilogy, but gory and sexy. What else do you need.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This eroticized vampire tale resulted from the last significant surge of creative energy at Britian's Hammer Films, which thereafter descended into abject self-parody.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...would've worked better as a short...

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Sheridan Le Fanu's classic 1872 novella Carmilla has served as the basis for numerous vampire flicks, although it's probably safe to state that this blood-and-boob-filled adaptation from Hammer Films boasts the largest fan base.

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Although it's over-long and has some genuinely silly moments and dialogue, this was a key film from Hammer.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Vampire Lovers is an underrated vampire yarn that is well acted and directed. The film owes its success to its atmosphere, which adds so much to the tone of… More
Robert C
One of the best (cheesy) vampire movies EVER! Vampire chicks ROCK!
David Ladd
Vampire Lovers is a particularly fine example and a cultural milestone that heralded the arrival of vampyric characters as being romantic, charismatic and… More
The Movie Waffler
The first instalment in Hammer's "Karnstein" trilogy, based on Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla". Ingrid Pitt is a lesbian vampire… More
Kylie B
The plot synopsis here is actually rather misleading, as the film is more subdued sexually than one might assume. It's also a fairly close retelling of Le… More
Danny Rovira
Roy Ward Baker's exotically compelling classic Hammer horror chiller about lesbian vampires faithfully adapted from Sheridan Le Fanu's novel Carmilla.… More