Wednesday, December 5, 2012

THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970): To Love And Suck In HD!

Coming to blu-ray in 2013 from Shout Factory!  This is the first overtly erotic Hammer horror that started what is known as the Karnstein trilogy (followed by LUST FOR A VAMPIRE and TWINS OF EVIL).  I consider TWINS the best of the three.  Based on the story by J. Sheridan LeFanu, CARMILLA, this 1970 film was a co-production between Hammer and American International and was slightly censored for its U.S. theatrical release (since restored by MGM on DVD).  It is strange that Shout Factory has decided to go with the very schlocky A.I.P. style drive-in art.  It could have easily been marketed to the dark romance TWILIGHT crowd.  More Hammer and Peter Cushing on blu-ray is always a good thing.

LeFanu's tale also inspired such non-Hammer efforts as BLOOD & ROSES (1960), Dreyer's VAMPYR (1932) and DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (1972).

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