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1970 Film/HammerHorror film starring Ingrid Pitt, Creator/PeterCushing, Douglas Wilmer, Ferdy Mayne, Madeline Smith and Kate O'Mara. It features very little horror but the storyline is quite faithful to the original story, Sheridan [=LeFanu=]'s ''{{Literature/Carmilla}}'', in the midst of (tame) nudity. Followed by two sequels, ''Lust for the Vampire'' and ''Twins of Evil''; altogether these films are known as Karnstein trilogy.

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!!Has the examples of:

* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the book, the main character is highly educated, speaks three languages, and is steeped in Enlightenment ideals due to her father not wanting her to be superstitious. Emma is a wide-eyed ingenue who doesn't know the German word for "eyebrow" and is easily spooked.
* AdaptationNameChange: Laura becomes Emma in this version, while Bertha Spielsdorf, one of Carmilla's earlier victims, becomes (somewhat confusingly) Laura.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Mircalla is willing to seduce men to get what she wants as well, though her preference seems to be women.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Mircalla.
* BlingOfWar: General Spielsdorf (Creator/PeterCushing) in the ball scene.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: A young woman is asleep in her cottage. She's startled awake by Carmilla stroking her face but soon after is delighted to see her.
* BuryYourGays: Mircalla and the Governess' fates.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Mircalla seems to prefer hunting prey barefoot and in a sleek nightgown.
* DeathBySex: Played with as some who have sex with Mircalla die while others do not.
* {{Fanservice}}: Oh, yes, very much.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There's not much room for doubt Mircalla and Emma were intimate. This even got past Madeline Smith's (Emma) radar; she later admitted she was a virgin when the movie was made and had no idea what Emma and Mircalla were supposed to be doing.
* GoodColorsEvilColors. In the same ball, Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt) is dressed in blood-red and her mother has black dress (although white roses in the hair). Guess what it means?
* GirlOnGirlIsHot
* HauntedCastle: As per the ISO Standard for Film/HammerHorror.
* HorrorHunger: Carmilla appears to have genuine feelings for Emma, but can't keep her fangs to herself.
* ImprovisedCross: Carl Ebhardt's cruciform dagger.
* LesbianVampire: Countess Mircalla Karnstein, also known as Carmilla and Marcilla. Also an adaptation of the trope origin, Carmilla.
* MsFanservice: Ingrid Pitt for generations of men (and women) thereafter.
* MustBeInvited: Implied on both occasions when Mircalla is a house-guest. Averted with the woman in the cottage.
* OffWithHisHead: The only way to truly kill a vampire.
* OminousFog
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* TragicMonster / TragicVillain: Carmilla is implied to have geniune feelings for Emma, but sadly her vampire instincts are way too strong to overcome.
* {{Uberwald}}: Officially Styria.
* VampireHunter: The Baron Hartog (Douglas Wilmer) becomes one to avenge his sister. He seeks out every member of the Karnstein family to exterminate them before they wake up from their grave and feed upon the living.
* VampiresAreSexGods: How much of everyone's attraction to Mircalla is left ambiguous. Is it mind control, pure lust, or something more?
* YourCheatingHeart: For romantic interpretations of Mircalla and Emma. Mircalla seduces the Governess as well, though abandons her in the end.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Mircalla and the Governess.
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