|The Vampire Lovers (1970)|
|Director:||Roy Ward Baker|
|Writers:||Harry Fine, Tudor Gates, and Michael Style|
|Starring:||Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Kate O’Mara, and Peter Cushing|
The strength of The Vampire Lovers is partly its weakness. While its traditionalist view of horror and scares can be quite appealing, some viewers will be turned off by the familiarity of the plot. Indeed, the Carmilla story has been brought to the screen numerous times throughout the years. The Blood Splattered Bride is only one example of this story being adapted for the silver screen, but The Vampire Lovers has to be one of the most successful adaptations of this particular novella. Yet, with its episodic plot and familiar seduce-then-kill narrative, it is easy to see how some modern audiences will find the story lacking a certain… dare I say it… bite (yes, I went there). This is a legitimate issue within the film and one that might hold some viewers back. However, I am rather familiar with the film and have seen it a few times throughout the years. Yet, seeing it on this latest Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, I was reminded of just how much I do enjoy the film. Capturing both the innocence of a classic horror story, but mixing in the new exploitative elements that were becoming popularized during the seventies, The Vampire Lovers provides a unique viewing experience that I can’t help but adore.