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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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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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Till Death Do They Part! 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

[last lines]
Carol: They'll come back. They cannot die.
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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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Remake of Blood and Roses (1960) See more »

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Sexy Gothic tale of lesbian vampires!
12 August 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

It would seem that there are two types of lesbian vampire movie; there's trashy sort (e.g. Vampyros Lesbos) and the classy sort (e.g. Daughters of Darkness). Both have their own set of merits, but in my opinion, the classier ones are the best; and this is firmly one of the latter variety. It has to be said that The Blood Splattered Bride isn't exactly a thrill a minute roller-coaster ride; but even when the plot isn't doing much, the film oozes sexy undertones, which was enough to keep me entertained, and the luscious Gothic atmosphere is a treat to behold also. The plot focuses on a newly wed couple who go to live at the husband's expansive mansion. While there, the wife becomes afraid of her husband's insatiable desire for sex and this coupled with the fact that she begins to see a supposed 'ghost' dressed in a wedding gown in the woods - who may or may not be a descendant of one of the previous family members' wives. As she becomes more alienated from her husband, she drifts further into the arms of this ghostly stranger...

Unlike most lesbian vampire films, this one actually has a point beyond the obvious lesbian vampire theme. The theme is a battle between the sexes; with the husband and seductive lesbian vampire battling it out for control over his wife. This theme is laden with various images and symbols that help to portray it. Compared to other genre entries - both classy and trashy ones - this one doesn't have a great deal of blood or naked women, which is a shame - although director Vicente Aranda does give us a couple of excellent death scenes - both of which involve the sexy Maribel Martín wielding a knife. The Blood Splattered Bride seems to be a film of two halves - with most of the exciting stuff coming in the second half. This is not a problem, however, as the two sides of the film join together well and while this is not quite a classic; I'm sure that most people who bother to track it down won't be disappointed. The final fifteen minutes are excellently executed and bring good closure to a lovely slice of lesbian vampire cinema. Recommended viewing!


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