La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle) (1972)
Vicente Aranda directed this erotic horror film, continuing themes which he had explored in the previous year's Exquisite Cadaver. Alexandra Bastedo stars as a lesbian vampire who woos frigid newlywed Maribel Martin away from her husband Simon Andreu on their honeymoon. Aranda fills the film with haunting imagery, gorgeously photographed by veteran cinematographer Fernando Arribas, and the story's sometimes illogical twists are compensated for with heavy, skillfully-crafted atmosphere. The American video print of this stylish vampire film is missing almost 20 minutes, so viewers are advised to seek out an uncut version. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle)
When it comes to florid and fevered 70s horror and sexploitation, it doesn't get much better than this haunted, gothic - and yes, a bit cheesy - fantasy.
Audience Reviews for La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle)
Was excited about this Tarantino pick. Stylish enough, good use of color and shadows; and the beginning has sympathy for the wife (Maribel Martin, beautiful and sexy with only mid-level cheek bones ) and a queasy fear about the husband, a macho aristocrat with a Bluebeard-like psychology. Around the middle, the movie's POV coldly drifts away from both newlyweds, as though whoever bleeds is not important, only that the spilled blood is fate. Finally, the movie loses sympathy with the woman's powerlessness in the marriage, treats female solidarity as some kind of mass psychosis, and with Polanski-like devil's humor, leaves us a thrill ending that is also a metaphysical explanation for perennial misogyny against woman. It's not an artistically brave conclusion; not creative or nuanced, it's the hack's way out.More
This is the weakest version of "Carmilla" ever filmed. It's very slow and lacks any real similarity to Sheridan Le Fanu's story (which only seems to have inspired the names of the characters).
There isn't much in the way of gore and, although there is as much nudity as you would expect in an early 70s Euro-horror, it's all quite listless and uninvolving.
Supposedly it is a very feminist film but the subtext appears to be extremely well hidden. It's all too boring for anyone to care anyway.
The pacing is so slow that any tension, suspense or intrigue you build up is quickly forgotten. There are interesting ideas and themes present throughout, but little attention is given to them and mostly it's just a confusing movie.More
I only knew this film by name only. I guess I always thought it was a revenge exploitation flick, like I spit on Your Grave meets Kill Bill. It turns out to be a ghost story/mystery/vampire film which plods along so slow that after about an hour I went from watching the film to watching it over my shoulder while surfing the net, Renke style. In the end, just not as exploitationy as I was wanting.More
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