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Lust for a Vampire


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The Movie

History shows that the vampires return every 40 years, says a local chap in the bar; while it's but a few months since The Vampire Lovers, that's 40 vampire years ... and, would you believe it, a young women's finishing school has just opened in the shadow of the castle. And that girl; the one whose name is an anagram of Camilla ... doesn't she look the image of her? Another vampire movie with women in all the lead roles; the 'Count' has about four lines in the whole film (two of which are "Heart Attack").


Hammer horror films had a time honored recipe; a dozen beautiful women, a castle, and some thick locals; pour on some fresh blood and stir vigorously. And it's a good formula, and, by and large it works in this one. As usual, the problem of Our Heroine being effectively deaded last time out is solved with a ritual pouring of virgin's blood; nice one! Cheap but effective special effects, too.

The women are flimsily dressed (of course!), with very loose clothing and little embarassment, and carry off the the plot with some style. Some of the acting is leaden; especially the lead man, who doesn't seem to realise that he is the lead, and the women who manages the school, who seems to have stage fright. Or something.

The pace is a little uneven; Hammer give out clues like sweeties, then feel the need to dawdle at times, in case you missed them. I'll never be surprised if a sign decends from above saying "Villain - Hiss Now!". And it was disappointing to hear a vampire saying "We Can't Be Hurt By Fire" - Rubbish, man!

But these are minor points; a good, traditional, entertaining vampire movie.


  • Director: Jimmy Sangster
  • Starring: Ralph Bates, Michael Brennan, et al.
  • DVD Release: November 20, 2001
  • Not for sale to persons under age 18.
  • Region 1
  • Colour
  • Widescreen
  • NTSC

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