La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle) (1972)
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Critic Reviews for La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle)
The Blood Spattered Bride is a film that demands attention, discussion and analysis.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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