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Created: 05/07/2013 8:00 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Aaron Chalich

COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Shout Factory’s The Vampire Lovers

Courtesy of Shout Factory.
Courtesy of Shout Factory.

I just finished watching a very interesting horror film from Shout Factory called “The Vampire Lovers.” I knew I was in for a treat when I read the little warning on the cover of my review Blu-ray copy. It said “CAUTION Not for the mentally immature!” 

“The Vampire Lovers” is a Hammer Film production that was released in 1970. It stars Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, and Peter Cushing. The movie is based on the novella “Carmilla.”

“The Vampire Lovers” is a very erotic tale about a female vampire named Marcilla who is interested in young girls in a peaceful town in Europe. At the beginning of the movie you meet a vampire hunter named Baron Hartog who kills a female vampire. You learn that he discovered a whole family of vampires and has killed all of them but one. 

He could never find the last vampire’s grave (Marcilla). Marcilla shows up at a party one night and befriends one of the young girls there. She ends up staying at the house with the family for a short period of time and then all of a sudden the girl dies mysteriously.

After a few more mysterious deaths, the town’s people believe that a vampire is present and is killing all of the people.  Baron Hartog comes to the town and starts to hunt once again for the vampire’s grave.

I really liked the story a lot and thought that it was very interesting and suspenseful. I also really liked the fact that the villain of the film was a female vampire. In most vampire movies the main villain is a male vampire and I liked how this movie was different.

This is the first time ever that “The Vampire Lovers” has been released on Blu-ray and it looks amazing.  The picture was very sharp and it was almost like watching it for the first time in the theater.

Shout Factory has done it again and has included some remarkable special features. I watched all of the special features and was very entertained and learned a lot about the film. The special features that are included are:

  • Feature length commentary with Roy Ward Baker(Director), Tudor Gates (Writer) and Ingrid Pitt (Carmilla) moderated by Jonathan Sothcott
     
  • Excerpts from the novella “Carmilla,” that inspired the film, read by Ingrid Pitt
     
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
     
  • New Interview with Madeline Smith (Emma)
     
  • New Interviews with Hammer Films Scholars
     
  • Original Radio Spots
     
  • Photo Gallery
     

I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “The Vampire Lovers” a lot. I really thought the story was very well written and suspenseful. The special features are amazing and I know that horror fans will enjoy them as much as I did. I would highly recommend that you pick up this Blu-ray and add it to your collection. You will not be disappointed.

For more information on Shout Factory go to www.shoutfactory.com

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.


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