Brown Bread: Ingrid Pitt

The House That Dripped Blood

Ingrid Pitt, Hammer horror’s favourite heroine, has died aged 73 in south London. The Polish-born actor, who survived imprisonment in a concentration camp during the second world war, found fame as the blood-splattered, often topless star of films such as Countess Dracula, and The Vampire Lovers.

She relished being cast as predatory baddies, rather than innocent victims. Film historian Marcus Hearn, said: “She was partly responsible for ushering in a bold and brazen era of sexually explicit horror films in the 1970s, but that should not denigrate her abilities.”

Steven Soderbergh gave her a late career boost when he cast her as a sinister aunt in his 1995 noir The Underneath. She also won fans as an author with an autobiography, Life’s a Scream, and three volumes of horror trivia, including 2000’s The Ingrid Pitt Book of Murder, Torture and Depravity.

(Source: Guardian)

An excellent actress … with a lovely pair of fangs. I certainly had strong feelings for her as a teenager.

I recently saw an interview with her and she looked and sounded fine. Shame how sudden illness can just strike like that. She wasn’t that old either.

I suggest of a season of Hammer films on the BBC.

The idea brings back very fond memories of my teenage years when I would come back from the pub for the late night Hammer horror film on Friday nights looking forward to bare ladies with fangs.

Perfect for those dark, cold winter evenings and all classic films.

R.I.P. Ingrid Pitt (Ingoushka Petrov) 1937-2010


One Response to “Brown Bread: Ingrid Pitt”

  1. In a twist which easily surpassed the drama of the camp horror films in which she starred she was rescued by American soldier who would go on to become her husband.Her movie career was jump-started by her role in the 1968 action-adventure movie Where Eagles Dare. The World War II drama would eventually lead to her being taken on by Britains Hammer Films home to Christopher Lees Dracula. She would play alongside the horror legend in 1971s The House That Dripped Blood and 1973s The Wicker Man. Steffanie Pitt told The Associated Press that her mother was a determined woman and that acting was in her blood from the word go. It seems her mother would have agreed writing in her autobiography Lifes a Scream that she had a strong sense of the dramatic even before I was born. Indeed Ingrids birth interrupted her parents attempts to flee Nazi Germany via Poland in 1937 delaying their attempt to escape to Britain.Snared by the Germans Pitt and her mother were interned at the Stutthof concentration camp. Discovered while watching a bullfight a career in Hollywood and British horror would follow.Although Pitt had a series of other roles in film and on television it was her 1970s vampire films which drew a cult following with fans crowning her Englands first lady of horror. Pitt embraced it writing occasional columns for websites such as Den of Geek and making frequent visits to conventions and festivals. Its great meeting the fans Pitt was quoted as saying on her fansite Pitt of Horror. They tell me that I am more beautiful now than when I was making films a quarter of a century ago.

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