Yutte Stensgaard Has “Lust”!
The name might not roll off the tongue, but this Actress had one of the most iconic horror images from the early 70’s, thanks to legendary Horror studio Hammer Films:
The Making Of A 70’s Sex Kitten!
Time to celebrate day #23 of “Shocktober”, a look at some of horror’s greatest Actresses!
Stensgaard starred in Hammer Films’ early 70’s erotic vampire thriller “Lust For A Vampire.”
First, a little backstory: the Actress got her start in the late 60’s, in what could be called “Swinging London” – this gives you a good idea of the times:
It’s right out of “Austin Powers!” Stensgaard had small roles in a slew of films including the Bulldog Drummond film “Some Girls Do” in 1969, as well as “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium” the same year…
Her first horror film was opposite Vincent Price in “Scream and Scream Again”, and she also appeared in the low-budget 1969 sci-fi sex comedy “Zeta One” – and as you can see was not shy onscreen…
Stensgaard’s most famous role is that of the vampire Carmilla in Hammer film’s cult horror film “Lust For A Vampire”.
This film features Yutte in one of the most iconic photos of that era of horror:
Interestingly, these production stills are somewhat more graphic than what is shown in the movie, but it made Stensgaard a popular sex kitten at the time.
This was a huge box office success upon release in 1971, and the film included the credit “introducing Yutte Stensgaard”, even though she had made previous movies.
Check out the trailer:
“Lust For A Vampire” was the second film in what is known as the “Karnstein Trilogy” – since the lead character is Carmilla Karnsein. The first film in the trilogy was “The Vampire Lovers” and it was followed by “Twins of Evil”, but only this film starred Yutte.
Yutte Stensgaard then left acting in 1972, moved to the U.S., and for years refused to discuss her acting career.
Ultimately, she was tracked down by a Danish horror fan and eventually agreed to an interview, which was published in the terrific genre magazine “Video Watchdog.”
You should subscribe to “Video Watchdog”, which is filled every month with great review and features on many of the Cult Horror Queens I’ve been featuring this Shocktober…a great magazine!
Yutte Stensgaard may not be that well known outside of cult horror circles, but those films live on…
I have been counting down 31 of the great “Cult Horror Queens” this Shocktober, including the legendary Suzy Kendall:
Kendall had a great career, and you can click here to see some of the highlights:
I have also highlighted some modern “Horror Queens” as well:
Monica Keena starred in a couple of modern horror gems, and you can see much more of her by clicking on my story here:
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Bravo to all of these 70’s Actresses. Let me know if you’ve seen any of Yutte Stensgaard’s films!