This was a 1966 movie directed by Leslie Stevens and, having received some acclaim, a lab accidentally destroyed the negative and all prints of the film. Eventually one print of the film did resurface, with French subtitles and this restored and re-mastered version has quite ugly blocks for the English subtitles so as to cover over the French.
The film is likened to Bergman's work (though I would have to say it doesn’t really hit his dizzy heights but I can see why that is suggested) and friend of the blog House of Karnstein suggested that this is what a Bergman vampire movie might have looked like – though HofK also suggested it was probably more suited to a ‘Vamp or Not?’ I happened to have the film in my ‘to watch’ pile and hence this article was born.
|drinking from the deer well|
|William Shatner as Marc|
|Kia seems Puckish|
|Arndis is blinded|
|confronted by the divine|
|The Dark Lord|
I can see why this might be thought of as vampiric, due to the use of the stake. The holy objects are as much in keeping with demonic lore as vampiric lore but the stake seemed peculiarly vampiric. Enough to make it of genre interest, certainly, but I am not convinced that this is actually a vampire film. The imdb page is here.