La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle) (1972)

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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Vicente Aranda
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On DVD: Apr 26, 1999
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Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle)

All Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2010
Horror.com

Just don't expect it to be all that intelligent.

Full Review… | February 6, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

June 25, 2005
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Full Review… | January 6, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle)

½

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.

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Adam Mahler

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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.

drblood
Dr Blood  

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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.

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Quinto Wallight

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