Shocktober! Day #5 Gets Bloody – And Naked! “Lust For A Vampire” Erotic Horror Trilogy!

Ingrid Pitt Countess Vampire sex kitten

Shocktober Gets Bloody Naked!

As we head into day #5 of our “Shocktober” fun, I need to share a warning:


Yes, I need to warn you that some of the images to follow include nudity – because this story is about a time when movie studios were desperate to keep up with the times, and if a horror film was going to connect with an audience, it had to look current even if it took place in the past!

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Yes, the 70’s were a time when all rules were thrown out the window as movie studios struggled to stay current…and this was how one iconic horror studio took timeless horror stories and sexed them up!


It’s Hammer Time!

Hammer films became legendary in the 50’s and 60’s by offering up vintage horror tales with Dracula, Frankenstein, and lots of medieval atmosphere!

naked Hammer-films

However, by the 70’s, movie studios were amping up the sex and violence, and that meant taking a classic horror genre and spicing it up!

erotic nude horror films 70's

And guess what? It worked! Let’s look at some of Hammer’s best erotic horror films from the 70’s – the golden age of naked horror!

Lust For A Vampire nudity

Celebrate Shocktober With The Karnstein Trilogy!

If you want a bit of sex and nudity along with your shocks and scares, then I have just the trilogy for you!


The Karnstein Trilogy was based loosely on J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s early vampire novella Carmilla. These three films were a major step forward for Hammer – as they showed some of the most explicit scenes of lesbianism yet seen in mainstream English language films!


The Vampire Lovers (1970) – “Taste The Deadly Passion Of The Blood-Nymphs!”

First, check out this classic movie trailer!

Here’s the simple plot: The Countess is called away to tend a sick friend – so she asks her friend the General to let her daughter Marcilla stay as a house guest. Of course, soon villagers begin dying, and the General’s daughter Laura gets weak and pale – but Marcilla is there to comfort her. Like I said, Hammer went lesbian!

lesbian horror films

Of course the villagers rebel, more people die, and there is a lot of nudity and female-on-female vampire action, thanks to Marcilla…

Marcilla: You must die! Everybody must die!

Legendary Horror Actor Peter Cushing starred in the film as well, and got to hold some fun props:

peter cushing horror films

Baron Joachim von Hartog: They were all evil and remain evil after death!

They sure are…and, in trying to be more contemporary, there were plenty of scenes that allowed the Actresses the chance to “work” together:

I love the posters of this era, including this one from overseas:

After the success of “The Vampire Lovers”, another film in the series quickly followed…

Lust For A Vampire

Lust for a Vampire (1971)

“Welcome To The Finishing School – Where They Really DO Finish You!”

How can you argue with THAT? Check out the trailer:

In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla – or as she was in 1710, Carmilla.

The nearby Finishing School offers rich pickings not only in in the blood of nubile young ladies but also with the headmaster who is desperate to become Mircalla’s disciple. Again, lots of beautiful women taking their clothes off for the sake of horror.

The film has a cult following, and its most famous scene shows Actress Yutte Stensgaard drenched in blood and partially covered by blood-soaked rags…a good look for a horror film…

Lust For A Vampire nudity

Hammer films began to showcase much more flesh to go along with the blood, which was their only way to compete against the more modern films of the time…

As good as “The Vampire Lovers” and “Lust For A Vampire” were, the masterpiece of the three was the final film in the trilogy…and by the way, Actress Judy Matheson was in both “Lust For A vampire” and the next film as well – she sent me a note via twitter because I forgot that! Here she is!

Judy has a great career to be proud of – I will post more on her soon!


Twins of Evil (1971) – AKA “Twins Of Dracula!”

“In Old Gothic Europe They Had Two Burning Passions: Witch Hunting and Devil Worship!”

They sure do, no matter which title you use – because they used them both! Let’s check it out:

“Twins of Evil” starred Peter Cushing, along with the real-life twins and former Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson. Yes, the twins had been in Playboy in October, 1970 – and Hammer saw a smart commercial idea when they saw one – put them in a horror movie and make them wear lots of lingerie!

naked playmate twins

It is the third film of The Karnstein Trilogy, based on the vampire tale Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The film has the least resemblance to the novel and adds a witch hunting theme to the vampire story.

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Much of the interest of the film revolves around the contrasting evil and good natures of two beautiful sisters, Frieda and Maria Gellhorn. Of course, all of the publicity shots focused on the twins in all their sexy glory…


The plot allowed plenty of opportunity for the girls to undress – and of course, for one of them to be EVIL…


As you can see, the twins were front and center for nudity and bloodletting…

Lust For A Vampire nudity

While I love a good “nude Shocktober”, let’s not also forget it is a month for shocks, shocks, SHOCKS!


Luckily, Eli Roth remembers that, and delivered a shocking tale of cannibal horror – which was day #4 of Shocktober:


Check out this master of horror here:

And never forget that this is one of the most iconic images in horror history:


I began “Shocktober 2016” with a look at one of the most horrific movies ever made – check out the story behind “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” here:

On this 5th day of “Shocktober 2016” – enjoy this trilogy of blood and lust as we countdown the best of “Shocktober!”


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  1. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    Day 5 of #31daysofhorror #shocktober – an acclaimed series of vampire thrillers from Hammer in the early 70’s


  2. I used to love these Hammer ‘Lesbo-Vampire’ films, and have a couple on DVD. Madeline Smith, who played Emma Morton, was a real heartthrob of mine at the time, with her lisping voice, large round eyes, huge boobs, and very ‘English’ beauty. I watched some terrible films, just because she was in them! She’s still around, and sometimes pops up on quiz shows or Hammer documentaries. This is a nice photo tribute to her from the ‘net.
    And she was a Bond girl too!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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