“You must die! Everybody must die!”
Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt), a 200-year-old lesbian vampire, pursues the beautiful young Emma (Madeline Smith) while being hunted by vampire-killer Baron von Hartog (Douglas Wilmer).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Peter Cushing Films
- Roy Ward Baker Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary suggests, the popularity of this gothic Hammer horror film — a relatively faithful adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella — probably has more to do with the “surprising amount of female nudity” and overt lesbian interest than anything else.
Ingrid Pitt gives an alluring, “unabashedly physical performance” as Carmilla, with her “low-cut, transparent gowns” and insatiable lust for nubile female breasts. Carmilla’s emotional outburst upon “seeing a funeral procession and realizing all will die but her”:
… elevates her character a notch above all other vampiresses I’ve seen on film; her role may be campy, but Pitt imbues it with every possible ounce of human feeling.
- Ingrid Pitt’s sexy portrayal as Carmilla
- A highly literate adaptation of Sheridan La Fanu’s novella
Yes, simply as a prime example of lesbian vampirism on film. (See also Daughters of Darkness, 1971).