DIRECTOR– Roy Ward Baker
PLOT– A mother and daughter duo of lesbian vampires travels the countryside looking for fresh young victims. An old nemesis learns of their whereabouts and attempts to stop their bloodlust.
5 REASONS TO WATCH–
- Lots of neck punctures
- Lots of breast punctures
- Sideburns! Everyone has fantastically huge sideburns!
- Push-up bras! Everyone has fantastically huge push-up bras!
- It’s a Hammer Film
- Jon Finch, who plays hunky “Carl”, had a few roles in a few TV shows previously, but this was his first film. He would go on to become a prolific British actor.
- The Vampire Lovers boldly features a lesbian lead… quite unheard of when it premiered in 1970.
- Madeline Smith, who plays the virginal “Emma”, went on to become a sensation as a sexy Bond Girl opposite Roger Moore’s “James Bond” in the 8th installment of the series Live and Let Die.
CONCLUSION– Not generally considered a prime example of the Hammer Studios films, The Vampire Lovers is often mentioned in the group that populates the “good but not great” category. I do not agree. The film holds up very, very well. Peter Cushing has a rather small part (he shows up at the beginning, disappears, then shows up at the end again), but that should not dissuade you. The entire cast, from Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith to Jon Finch and Ferdy Mayne, is wonderful… the sets are fantastic… the music is fabulous. The Vampire Lovers belongs with all the other Hammer classics.