La novia ensangrentada (1972)

Spain, 1972
82m (USA), 101m
35mm film, Eastmancolor
Spanish

A Spanish horror film directed by Vincente Aranda using the name Vincent Aranda.

Plot Summary

Newly married Susan is disturbed by her husband’s sexual fantasies and she turns to the mysterious Carmilla, descendent of the infamous Mircalla de Karnstein, for help. But Carmilla has inherited the vampiric ways of her ancestors and seduces Susan, leading her into acts of butality and murder.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Vincente Aranda
© 1972 M-3921
A Morgana Films production
Executive Producer: Joe Lopez Moreno
Production Chief: Jaime Fernandez-Cid
Written by: Vincente Aranda
Based on: Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu
Director of Photography: Fernando Arribas
Editor: Pablo G. del Amo
Music by: Antonio Perez Olea
Wardrobe: Peris Hermanos
Make up: Cristobal Criado
Hair: Ana Criado
Special Effects: Antonio Molina
Designer: Juan Alberto Soler

Cast
Simón Andreu (“he”)
Maribel Martín (Susan)
Alexandra Bastedo as Carmila-Mircala
Dean Selmier (doctor)
Angel Lombarte (el guardés)
Montserrat Julio (la guardesa)
Rosa Rodriguez (Carol)

Alternative Titles

The Blood Spattered Bride – UK/US title
Till Death Do Us Part – US video title
Blood Castle
Bloody Fiancée

Extracts included in
Mad Ron’s Prevue’s from Hell (1987)

Press

1980
Films and Filming vol.2 no.7 (April 1980) p.41
The direction is flaccid, the dialogue is dire. – from an illustrated review by Eric Braun

Screen International no.240 (10 May 1980) p.36
Although Sheridan Le Fanu might not recognise all the details of this frenzied adaptation of his famous Gothic horror, it certainly captures much of the nightmare quality of his writing […] The director’s insistence on pulling out every gory and sexy stop turns it into a grotesque black comedy of blood-lusting man-hating lesbians versus sadistic butch studs. However, those who can take the blood spattered melodrama seriously won’t feel short-changed and those who are provoked to hysterical hilarity will feel all the better for it. – from a review by Marjorie Bilbow

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.4 no.558 (July 1980) p.138
Despite one or two extremely bizarre moments […] this adaptation of Le Fanu’s novella clearly considers its main attraction to be the unappealing combination of explicit brutality and sadistic sexism […] As the story has been adapted several times before, most notably by Dreyer in Vampyr and then in 1960 by Roger Vadim as Et Mourir de Plaisir, it would appear that the level of adaptation is, chronologically, in a state of serious decline. After this, it would be difficult to sink much further. – from a review by Scott Meek

References

Periodicals

  • Cinefantastique vol. no.1 (Spring 1975) p.32 – review
  • Cineinforme no.177 (June 1973) p.14 – review
  • Continental Film Review vol.2 no.7 (May 1980) pp.40-41 – review
  • L’Ecran Fantastique no.3 (1973) p.80 – review
  • Fangoria no.195 (August 2000) p.52 – DVD review
  • Films and Filming vol.2 no.7 (April 1980) p.41 – illustrated review (by Eric Braun)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.4 no.558 (July 1980) p.138 – credits, synopsis, review (by Scott Meek)
  • Necronomicon no.1 p.8 – illustrated review
  • Screen International no.240 (10 May 1980) p.36 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Showbiz no.9 (16 May 1980) p.5 – review
  • Starburst no.25 (1980) pp.12-13 – illustrated review

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) p.263 – credits, review
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.170; 186
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer p.243 (note)
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.253
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.208, 256-58, 290
  • Film Review 1981-1982 by F. Maurice Speed p.145
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.50 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.39 – credits
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.66 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.341 – credits
  • Sex, Sadism, Spain and Cinema by Nicholas G. Schlegel pp.140-144 – illustrated essay
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.60-62; 204- review; credits