Nightmare Classics

Carmilla (10 Sep. 1989)

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Lonely young Marie and her father live on a plantation just before the Civil War. Their placid lives are invaded when they rescue a mysterious woman from a carriage wreck, and soon bodies ... See full summary »



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Lonely young Marie and her father live on a plantation just before the Civil War. Their placid lives are invaded when they rescue a mysterious woman from a carriage wreck, and soon bodies start turning up with holes in their necks... Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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Her unholy friendship...would never die.



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NIGHTMARE CLASSICS: CARMILLA {TV} (Gabrielle Beaumont, 1989) **1/2
27 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Like many literary horror classics, Irish writer J. Sheridan LeFanu's lesbian vampire tale received its fair share of cinematic adaptations; unfortunately, one made in 1966 for the "Mystery And Imagination" TV series no longer exists. Still, this made-for-TV version (which I was not aware of until now) is the sixth one that I have watched – after Dreyer's very liberal VAMPYR (1932), Roger Vadim's BLOOD AND ROSES (1960), the Italian-made CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE (1964), the Hammer/AIP co- production THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970), the Spanish THE BLOOD-SPATTERED BRIDE (1972) – and the only one which kept the original title. Which is quite surprising since, not only is the setting changed from Victorian England to the American South, but there is no mention at all of Carmilla's true identity, Mircalla Karnstein! Also, it is unsurprising, given its pedigree, that the lesbian overtones prevalent in the short story and some of the earlier film versions, are highly underplayed here; even so, the cast is quite decent – Meg Tilly in the title role; Ione Skye as her main victim; Roy Dotrice as her father; and "Inspector" Roddy McDowall – and there are a couple of standout scenes: the bat attack on the maid; the bizarre high-flying seduction in the park; and McDowall's weird and unexpected, bloody come-uppance. For the record, this adaptation was an episode in the obscure and short-lived TV series entitled "Nightmare Classics" which bore the executive producer credit of actress Shelley Duvall!; unfortunately, I came across this on "You Tube" via a print with an askew aspect ratio that often (ironically enough) 'beheads' the characters appearing on screen!

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