Horrorfest 2015/It’s Hammer Time Presents: The Vampire Lovers (1970, Roy Ward Baker)

Opening upon a man killing what is supposedly a woman with a sword in brutal fashion, The Vampire Lovers is another entertaining entry in the Hammer Films catalogue. Naturally featuring Peter Cushing, the movie also has Ingrid Pitt as a mysterious woman plaguing a family. For she is in fact a a vampire, a creature of the night. The vampire attacks are good, sure, yet the notable element of this movie is how Hammer once again pushed the boundaries of what was allowed onscreen.

There are strong lesbian aspects to this film that probably got this film a high rating, coupled with more violence and gore. Even though Hammer did feature these elements in a desperate attempt to remain ahead of increasing changes to horror cinema, they still add something to their later films. It’s too bad that eventually cinema left Hammer behind, as the studio revived horror and their films had a unique sense of atmosphere and style.

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