Celebrating the “Hammer Horror Queen” Yutte Stensgaard!
As we celebrate Halloween season, I ;love to go back and highlight some of the greatest “Cult Movie Queens” of the 70’s, including one who was also one of the legendary “Hammer Glamour Queens” as well!
Yutte Stensgaard Has “Lust”!
Her 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!
Stensgaard starred in one of Hammer Films greatest horror films, a time when they were blending gothic horror with modern, adult touches – it was early 70’s erotic vampire thriller “Lust For A Vampire.”
First, a little backstory: Stensgaard 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”, a modern take on classic horror that saw late 60’s London featured prominently.
Stensgaard really showcased her beauty in the low-budget 1969 sci-fi sex comedy “Zeta One” – and as you can see was not shy onscreen…
Her next film is the one that made her a Star: she has one of the most iconic images of any Hammer Horror film, in the classic “Lust For A Vampire”:
Stensgaard played Vampire Carmilla, and it features Yutte in one of the most iconic photos of that era of horror:
Interestingly, these production stills are more graphic than what is shown in the movie, but these photos made the film a big hit and made Stensgaard a popular sex kitten at the time.
Check out the trailer:
This was a huge box office success upon release in 1971, and the included the credit “introducing Yutte Stensgaard”, even though she had made previous movies.
“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.
Remember who else was in this movie:
Judy Matheson was in “Lust” as well as “Twins Of Evil” – she is also a Hammer Glamour Queen and you can see more of her career here:
Yutte Stensgaard was suddenly a Hammer Glamour Queen, with a huge hit film, so what does she do? She disappears!
Yutte’s Mysterious Disappearance!
The cult movie world was stunned when Yutte, at the height of her fame, left acting in 1972, moved to the U.S., and for years refused to discuss her acting career!
“Video Watchdog” Has The Answer!
Here’s where it gets even more interesting.
Ultimately, Yutte was tracked down by a Danish horror fan and eventually agreed to an interview, which was published in the terrific genre magazine “Video Watchdog.”
According to an online report, she married NBC Executive and Producer John Kerwin. It goes on:
“Although that marriage would also ultimately fail, it was instrumental in Stensgaard’s move to the US. There for years she kept a relatively low profile and became a Born Again Christian. She is now the successful National Account Director for Premiere Radio Networks, one of the largest radio networks in the US and home to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, owns several pieces of property and is an active supporter of the Republican Party.
After being MIA for a considerable numbers of years, Stensgaard was rediscovered by chance in 1988 in Los Angeles when she walked into (Little Shoppe of Horrors correspondent’s) Gary Smith’s travel agency. She initially was very uncomfortable combining her previous modelling career and nude shots with her strong Christian beliefs and refused to talk about her past life. Lately, however, she appears to have been more relaxed about it and even started attending conventions where she is surrounded by fans grateful to discover the re-appearance of one of Hammer’s most seminal Glamour Starlets.”
This information is 9 years old, but I hope that she didn’t, in fact, decide to embrace her cult movie fame!
I love Halloween season, because I can toss in some great thrillers starring Cult Movie Queens like 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!
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