The Karnstein Trilogy: The Vampire Lovers (1970) / Lust For A Vampire (1971) / Twins of Evil (1971)


The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Our first venture into the Vampire Tales sees the Hammer Horror Podcast team delve into the Karnstein Trilogy. New blood podcaster, Ben Skinner and I look at the first in the trilogy, The Vampire Lovers, which to some was dubbed the ‘lesbian vampire movie’. It also saw Ingrid Pitt take on the mantle of queen of horror, as it not only made a star of her in Hammer circles but on the horror film circuit too. But what do we make of the movie that branched Hammer into a whole new direction.

Click below to find out.


Lust For A Vampire (1971)

The second part of the Karnstein Trilogy would see the role of Carmilla played by Yutte Stensgaard, with her being resurrected and then entering a finishing school, where she starts to prey on the girls to satisfy her lust for blood.

rSome Hammer fans have declared this movie too camp, despite it reaching a somewhat camp status and despite Ralph Bates’ strong portrayal, can this movie really stand out in its own right in the trilogy.

New blood podcaster Greer Nagle cast our thoughts.

Click below to find out.


Twins of Evil (1971)

The final part of the Karnstein Trilogy marks the return of Peter Cushing, this time playing one of his finest on screen creations Gustav Weil. The film itself is probably best remembered for its central characters, Maria and Freida, played by twins and former playboy playmates, Mary and Madeleine Collinson as they are tempted by Count Karnstein and his demonic ways.

Myles Davies and I cast our thoughts on the movie. Click below to find out.


Hammer Profile: Peter Cushing

~ by surgeons of horror on October 31, 2013.

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