The Karnstein Trilogy, a series of vampire films, was produced by Hammer Films. They are notable at the time for their (for the time) daring lesbian storylines. All three films were scripted by Tudor Gates. They are related by vampires of the noble Karnstein family, and their seat Castle Karnstein near the town of Karnstein in Styria, Austria.
A planned fourth film in the series, variously announced as either The Vampire Virgins or The Vampire Hunters, only got as far as the early draft stage.
The 1974 film Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter features a female vampire from the Karnstein family, and is sometimes considered part of the same continuity, though it takes place in England rather than in Central Europe.
The vampires of the Karnstein Trilogy differ from those of the Hammer Dracula films. Here, vampires can walk about in daylight and are immune to fire (their bodies are consumed, but their spirits just create or inhabit a new body). Their weaknesses are garlic and crosses, and the only ways to kill them is by staking them through their hearts or beheading them. Some of this lore is retained in the 1972 Hammer film Vampire Circus.
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|Character||Main films||Captain Kronos|
– Vampire Hunter
|The Vampire Lovers||Lust for a Vampire||Twins of Evil|
Countess Mircalla Karnstein
|Ingrid Pitt||Yutte Stensgaard||Katya Wyeth||Wanda Ventham|
|General Spielsdorf||Giles Barton||Peter Cushing||Ralph Bates||Peter Cushing||Horst Janson|
|Gustav Weil||Captain Kronos||Julian HollowayV|
|Landlord||Charles Farrell||Michael Brennan|
Lord Hagen Durward
|Mentioned||Mike Raven||Damien Thomas||William Hobbs|
|1st Villager||Nick Brimble||B. H. Barry|
|The Countess Karnstein||Dawn Addams||Mentioned|
|Roger Morton||George Cole|
|Emma Morton||Madeline Smith|
|Baron Joachim von Hartog||Douglas Wilmer|
|Carl Ebhardt||Jon Finch|
|The First Vampire||Kirsten Lindholm|
|The Man in Black||John Forbes-Robertson|
|Richard LeStrange||Michael Johnson|
|The Countess Herritzen||Barbara Jefford|
|Janet Playfair||Suzanna Leigh|
|Miss Simpson||Helen Christie|
|Inspector Heinrich||Harvey Hall|
|Susan Pelley||Pippa Steel|
|Raymond Pelley||David Healy|
|Professor Herz||Erik Chitty|
|Peasant Girl||Kirsten Lindholm|
|Katy Weil||Kathleen Byron|
|Maria Gellhorn||Mary Collinson|
|Frieda Gellhorn||Madeleine Collinson|
|Anton Hoffer||David Warbeck|
|Ingrid Hoffer||Isobel Black|
|Lady in Coach||Shelagh Wilcox|
|Woodman's Daughter||Judy Matheson|
|Young Girl at Stake||Kirsten Lindholm|
|Professor Hieronymus Grost||John Cater|
|Dr. Marcus||John Carson|
|Paul Durward||Shane Briant|
|Sara Durward||Lois Daine|
|Vanda Sorell||Lisa Collings|
|George Sorell||Brian Tully|
|Isabella Sorell||Susanna East|
|Barton Sorell||Stafford Gordon|
|Ann Sorell||Elizabeth Dear|
|Blind Girl||Gigi Gurpinar|
|Big Man||Peter Davidson|
|2nd Villager||Michael Buchanan|
|3rd Villager||Steve James|
|4th Villager||Ian McKay|
|5th Villager||Barry Smith|
|6th Villager||Roger Williams|