A member of the notoriously evil Karnstein family performs
a dark ritual, asking for a representation of the personification
of evil. This materialises as the beautiful but deadly Mircalla
from the family's sinister history. English novelist Richard
Lestrange is in Transylvania to research the Karnsteins, but
is warned off by the villagers. Journeying to the old house
he is confronted by three young women. Luckily it turns out
they are from a nearby girls' finishing school. Lestrange
arrives there and finds himself captivated by the enticing
Mircalla, unaware of her origins. Winning himself a teaching
job at the school, he tries to get close to her. But can his
love be reciprocated by a cold-blooded creature of death?...
For a Vampire from
1970 appears to take you through a series of differing styles,
almost as if Hammer Productions was undecided over exactly
what it wanted this film to be. It begins with a wannabe Dracula-like
character, with the slick-back hair and red cape but none
of the presence or acting ability of Christopher Lee.
a third rate vampire film evolves into a Carry On scenario.
The nubile young women of the finishing school run around
the grounds attempting dainty and sexy, and pretty much pull
it off. But you can't help laughing at the silliness of it
moment when Lestrange first arrives at the school to witness
the students prancing about like hippies on acid is right
out of that well-known scene in Carry On Camping. We
then move from suggestive scenes into what the cover blurb
calls post-sixties vampire eroticism, but plays more like
a cringe-worthy seventies blue movie (at least the encounter
between Lestrange and Mircalla).
This is an average offering from Hammer, made more palatable
by the host of pretty faces. Take them away and what do you
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