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The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

La novia ensangrentada (original title)
R | | Horror | April 1974 (USA)
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Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

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Vicente Aranda
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simón Andreu ... Husband
Maribel Martín ... Susan
Alexandra Bastedo ... Mircalla Karstein
Dean Selmier Dean Selmier ... Doctor
Ángel Lombarte Ángel Lombarte ... Carol's father
Montserrat Julió Montserrat Julió ... Carol's mother
Rosa M. Rodriguez Rosa M. Rodriguez ... Carol (as Rosa Rodriguez)
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Storyline

A young husband's sexual fantasies frighten his new wife and cause her to seek advice from Carmilla, a descendent of Mircalla de Karnstein. Carmilla seduces the young bride and forces her to commit gory acts of mutilation. Written by Mysty <rharvey@flash.net>

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The revenge of a young bride on her wedding night! See more »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blood Spattered Bride See more »

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Production Co:

Morgana Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was based on the early vampire Gothic novella "Carmilla," written by Sheridan Le Fanu and published in 1871. See more »

Goofs

Susan draws a portrait of Mircalla Karstein, on which Susan's husband doodles in the upper right-hand corner. Later, when Susan looks at the drawing, her husband's doodling is missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines; the newlyweds arrive at a hotel]
Susan: I'd rather not stop.
Husband: But you gotta change your clothes.
Susan: I wanna go on driving at 90 miles an hour.
Husband: One thing at a time.
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Alternate Versions

The film was cut for its 1979 UK cinema release with edits to the castration scene and closeup shots of bloody stomach wounds during stabbing scenes. The 1988 video version contained the same cinema cuts and was cut by a further 26 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of Susan being assaulted and her clothes ripped. See more »

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Lesbian vampire kinkiness for the thinking person.
5 August 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Just one of many adaptations of J. Sheridan Le Fanu over the decades, "The Blood Spattered Bride" adheres to many of the traditions of Eurotrash horror: blood (and lots of it), sex appeal, atmosphere, and artiness, with some provocative themes underlying the plot. It's not for all horror fans; indeed, it's rather light on conventional "horror" for much of the running time. Instead, we get an interesting psychological approach to such subjects as virginity and marriage. The pace is unhurried, so people with shorter attention spans may start to fidget around a little.

The sultry Maribel Martin stars as Susan, a virginal newlywed rather uncomfortable about her new married life. The hunky Simon Andreu plays her unnamed husband, who becomes worried when he thinks that Susan is imagining the presence of a mystery woman (the intoxicatingly sexy Alexandra Bastedo). Well, "Carmila" (Bastedo) does exist, and with a subtle intensity, she worms her way into Susans' life and encourages her to think beyond being "trapped" by this male presence.

In general, the performances are decent, with Martin making for a reasonably sympathetic figure. Andreu offers a stolid screen presence, never changing his facial expression very much. Dean Selmier is superb as a well-meaning doctor who naturally does not put much stock in superstition. Bastedo is very easy to watch, and Rosa M. Rodriguez does a respectable job as a precocious youngster.

There's a mild dose of delectable female nudity, as a viewer would come to expect from the genre, and the violence is extremely effective whenever it takes place. (The film is not wall-to-wall gore, but still manages to live up to its title.) And the music score composed by Antonio Perez Olea is appropriately haunting. Director / writer Vicente Aranda also adds an appreciable amount of surrealism when Carmila is discovered under the sand at a beach - this is quite a memorable scene.

Recommended for lovers of the genre, who should also enjoy similar entries such as "Vampyres" and "Daughters of Darkness".

Seven out of 10.


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