Los Angeles: American International Pictures, 1969. Final Script for the 1970 Hammer horror film. Possibly the screenwriter's copy, with authorial holograph corrections to dialogue and screen direction throughout, along with tipped-in changes to same.
Based on the 1872 story, "Carmilla," by Sheridan Le Fanu, about a female vampire named Marcilla Karnstein (Pitt) who comes back from death, renamed Mircalla, and spreads havoc. She kills the daughter of General Von Spielsdorf (Cushing), who swears revenge on the beguiling, seductive bloodsucker.
Le Fanu's legendary story of a female vampire was a major influence on Stoker's "Dracula," and was first adapted to the screen by Carl Theodor Dryer as "Vampyr" in 1922. Hammer Productions, having pretty much exhausted the "Dracula" franchise by 1970, turned a corner with this film by introducing a superior script and production values, new elements of eroticism, and of course the angle of the principle vampire being a ravishing female.
Hammer's first co-production with American International (the company largely responsible for most of the Edgar Allen Poe-based films), and the first installment in Hammer's "Carmilla/Mircalla" series, followed by "Lust for a Vampire" (1971) and "Twins of Evil" (1971). Ingrid Pitt would begin a short but successful stay as a sexy vampire with the film, including roles in "The House that Dripped Blood" (1971) and "Countess Dracula" (1971), and she even had a cameo as the librarian in Robin Hardy's 1973 horror classic, "The Wicker Man."
Red studio wrappers, with a die-cut window to the title on the title page. Title page present, with a date of December 15, 1969, a holograph notation of copy No. 18, and a credit for screenwriter Gates. A "rainbow" copy, 120 leaves, mechanically reproduced, with blue, pink, and yellow revision pages throughout, dated variously between January 9, 1970 and February 3, 1970. Pages Near Fine, wrappers Very Good plus with some brief fraying to the left edge of the front wrapper, bound with two gold brads. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.
Eyles, Adkinson, Fry, "The House of Horror" (1974), pp. 51-52. Flynn, "Cinematic Vampires," pp.97-99. Johnson and Del Vecchio, "Hammer FIlms: An Exhaustive Filmography," pp. 318-320. Muir, "Horror Films of the 1970s - Volume 1: 1970-1975," pp. 75-78. Newman, "Nightmare Movies" (2011), pp. 32-33.
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