Cast and characters:
- Peter Cushing … Gustav Weil
- Kathleen Byron … Katy Weil
- Mary Collinson … Maria Gellhorn
- Madeleine Collinson … Frieda Gellhorn
- David Warbeck … Anton Hoffer
- Damien Thomas … Count Karnstein
- Katya Wyeth … Countess Mircalla
- Roy Stewart … Joachim
- Isobel Black … Ingrid Hoffer
- Harvey Hall … Franz
- Alex Scott … Hermann – Next of Kin; The Abominable Doctor Phibes
- Dennis Price … Dietrich – Theatre of Blood; Horror Hospital; Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein; The Earth Dies Screaming; What a Crave Up; et al
- Shelagh Wilcox … lady in coach
- Inigo Jackson … woodman
- Judy Matheson … woodman’s daughter
- Kirsten Lindholm … young girl at stake
- Luan Peters … Gerta –The Devil’s Men
- Peter Thompson … gaoler
Production and initial release:
Reported budget: £205,067
Principal photography from 22nd March to 30th April 1971
Released 3rd October 1971
Black Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
BBFC censorship of British theatrical release:
- Reel 1 – Scene in shack. Remove shots of Count Kronstein (sic) registering extreme erotic pleasure and of Gerta entering frame from the left and lying on him.
- Reel 3 – In the episode in which a woman is prepared for human sacrifice, remove shots of hooded man dipping his fingers in blood, lifting the sheet and moving his hand up towards her middle. Reduce the shots of blood trickling on victim’s neck.
According to the Melon Farmers website, these cinema cuts have persisted into all home video releases.
A novelisation of the film was written by Shaun Hutson and published by Arrow Publishing in association with Hammer and the Random House Group in 2011. The book contains an introduction by the film’s director, John Hough.
The film was adapted into an 18-page comic strip for the January–February 1977 issue of the magazine The House of Hammer (volume 1, # 7, published by General Book Distribution). It was drawn by Blas Gallego from a script by Chris Lowder. The cover of the issue featured a painting by Brian Lewis based on imagery from the film.
The film’s working title was The Gemini Twins
The same sets were used for Vampire Circus, filmed from 9 August to 21 September 1971
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Some image credits: Cool Ass Cinema