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The Vampire Lovers (1970)

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Commentary 1: Director Roy Ward Baker, screenwriter Tudor Gates, and actor Ingrid Pitt Rating:5.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
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What a mess. This must have looked great on paper: Hammer stalwarts such as director Baker, writer Gates, and star Pitt all in the same room, and talking about THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, no less! But the reality is a complete letdown - these participants are past their prime, and it shows. Baker can't remember anything about the film and keeps answering questions with "Huh?" or "I don't know", and instead talks about films in general, lapsing into one of his "modern movies are rubbish" gripes at one point. Gates seems to have better recall but has such a drained, somber voice that he's no fun to listen to. Pitt is the worst offender, (1) giving a fractured, breathy delivery as if she's walking up 50 flights of stairs while simultaneously suffering an amnesia attack, (2) telling vague, meandering anecdotes that sputter out and go nowhere, and worst of all, (3) being unable to utter a sentence without the adjectives "fantastic", "wonderful", "incredible" or "amazing", which are the only opinions she has of everything and everybody, rendering them fairly redundnant. Moderator Jonathan Sothcott gamely tries to keep the ball rolling, prompting the group with questions that mostly draw blank or irrelevant responses - he has an obvious interest and wealth of knowledge about the Hammer studio, and the DVD producers would have been far better off having him do a solo commentary as a historian.