The Velvet Vampire, also known as Cemetery Girls, is a 1971 American vampire film directed by Stephanie Rothman and starring Celeste Yarnall, Michael Blodgett, Sherry Miles, Gene Shane, Jerry Daniels, Sandy Ward and Paul Prokop.
- Celeste Yarnall as Diane LeFanu
- Michael Blodgett as Lee Ritter
- Sherry Miles as Susan Ritter
- Gene Shane as Carl Stoker
- Jerry Daniels as Juan
- Sandy Ward as Amos
- Paul Prokop as Cliff
- Chris Woodley as Cliff’s Girl
- Robert Tessier as The Biker
- Johnny Shines as The Bluesman
The film was Stephanie Rothman‘s follow up to her 1970 hit The Student Nurses. She and her husband Charles Swartz had written a script, The Student Teachers but producer Larry Woolner wanted to make a vampire film after the success of Daughters of Darkness (1970). Rothman and Swartz came up with a present-day vampire story originally entitled Through the Looking Glass. Rothman said she was interested in making a vampire female where a woman was the protagonist rather than the victim. The character name “Diane Le Fanu” was a reference to author Sheridan Le Fanu, writer of Carmilla.
The movie was shot in February 1971. Roger Corman later claimed he was disappointed with the final product and released it on a double bill with an Italian horror film, Scream of the Demon Lover.
It has become a cult film.
Michael Blodgett (September 26, 1939 – November 14, 2007) was an American actor, novelist, and screenwriter. Of his many film and television appearances he is best known for his performance as gigolo Lance Rocke in Russ Meyer‘s 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. He retired from acting in the late 1970s and began a writing career.
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