A Real Horror Star: Articulating the Extreme Authenticity of Ingrid Pitt

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Abstract

The Polish film actress Ingrid Pitt has long been associated, in a range of critical and fan accounts, with the ‘cult star’ label. Pitt appeared prominently in only a relatively small number of films during the course of her career, including four key British horror films from the 1970s — Hammer studios’ The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Countess Dracula (1971), Amicus studios’ The House that Dripped Blood (1971) and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973). However, since at least the early 1980s, she has been considered, by fans and critics, to be one of the most memorable actresses in British horror film history and has consistently been labelled a cult icon of British horror.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCult film stardom
Subtitle of host publicationoffbeat attractions and processes of cultification
EditorsKate Egan, Sarah Thomas
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages212-225
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781137291776
ISBN (Print)9780230293694, 9781349333059
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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