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Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor;Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the mysterious deaths surrounding Laura after a carriage accident outside the castle forces her to stay. They become close friends until Laura becomes convinced the spirit of Carmilla is forcing her to kill. Written by
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It's so beautiful here. Perhaps nature has purposely set the stage and is waiting for the actors to enter. But who knows if the play is farce ... or tragedy. This is a spot where one could come for pleasure ... or for death.
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Christoper Lee plays Count Ludwig Karnstein in this film, and aside from looking grim he doesn't do much until the very end of the movie. Adriana Ambesi plays his daughter, a woman who believes she is possessed by the evil demonic entity of a witch. This movie seems to have been inspired in part by The Mysterious Stranger, a vampire short story published in 1860. The Karnstein names and some of the story also seem to be from the Carmilla vampire short story by L. Sheridan Le Fanu from 1872.
For some unknown reason, her lifelong nanny keeps taking Laura to a secret room in the Castle which had been used for Satanic worship. There the nanny invokes Satan and the dead witch so she can confirm that Laura is not possessed. The logic of that seems absurd, but the nanny is shown on several occasions calling on Satan to help her find the killer, and to help Laura. Seems like a twist on the concept of evil devil worshipers. A wandering hunchback has an interesting role, and he implies that he has lived for hundreds of years, and then the next scene makes the build-up pointless. More screen-time for the hunchback character would have been a plus.
Apparently this film has been edited into dozens of different versions, and that is kind of sad. One can only wonder what may have happened to the deleted scenes and the master prints of this film. It is kind of sad, because so many of Christopher Lee's movies were low budget, and it would be great to see them re-edited with more footage added to make these movies better (if possible).
About twenty minutes into the movie, a carriage comes by the castle and leaves Lyuba (Ursula Davis) as a guest because she is sick. Almost immediately Lyuba and Laura start holding hands, hugging, and giving each other massages and kisses. At one point Lyuba has a bite or hickey on her neck which was presumably done by Laura and no further explanation is given. Later, Laura has another nightmare, and Lyuba runs to her room and they start hugging and Laura tells her "I am too afraid to sleep alone tonight, stay with me." and they go into her room and close the door. Lots of great stuff for fertile imaginations, especially considering the era this film was made in.
Unfortunately, that is as good as it gets. Nothing more is shown on screen, and later events make the whole friendship seem pointless. A cousin pops out of a casket towards the end of the movie, and his presence is ridiculous. Apparently he was just added so that a cheap scare could be tossed into the movie. Most of the witchcraft and demonic doings are not very well explained, and the ending is a bit flat. Aside from the kinky atmosphere, there is not much more to recommend this film.
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