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on February 3, 2004
A poor follow-up to "The Vampire Lovers," no classic itself, "Lust for a Vampire" continues Hammer Sutidos' efforts to resurrect their vampire franchise with hopped up levels of sex and blood. Though based on J. Sheridan LeFanu's immortal novella "Carmilla," there's nothing literary about LFAV's script,which essentially meanders aimlessly from one lesbian vampire shot to the next until everything mercifully burns up at the end. Interminably paced, amateurishly written, and largely nonsensical as anything other than softcore cheesecake with a strong dash of blood, LFAV lacks even "The Vampire Lovers" strong cast to give it some buoyancy. Michael Johnson's writer/teacher is a pain, Yutte Stensgaard is more than attractive but totally unconvincing as a vampire, Mike Raven does a good Christopher Lee imitation but then disappears, and Ralph Bates, whose performance is certainly the best of the whole cast, doesn't have enough to do and vanishes too quickly.
It's a pity, because this could have been a good movie if it had only been taken in a different direction. The plot, background, and vampire movie experience are all there--Hammer just doesn't do anything with them.
"Lust For a Vampire" has more than its fair share of fans and I used to be one of them. Today it continues to appeal to red-blooded teen males of all ages despite its numerous shortcomings, largely because of its blood, nudity, and lesbian undertones. LFAV is surely light fare compared to many modern horror efforts, and looks like a model of restrained etiquette compared to some contemporary vampire films. But there are many better vampire films out there, such as the original "Nosferatu" or Bela Lugosi's "Dracula," not to mention Hammer's own "Horror of Dracula" or "Brides of Dracula." These are movies of class, distinction, imagination and mystery. Give one of those a try and I think you'll agree there's no comparison.
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