Carmilla Reviews

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October 30, 2020
This slow-paced, atmospheric film has an almost dreamlike quality.
October 24, 2020
A horror story gets transformed into a mood piece about sexual awakening being thwarted by religious hypocrisy.
October 22, 2020
Writer-director Emily Harris tells this story with skill and artistry, spinning a sensitive, visceral tale and lacing it with proper grisliness.
October 19, 2020
The film is big on flickering candles, gory erotic dreams and close-ups of insects, but it builds into a nicely executed take on villainised lesbian love.
October 19, 2020
Flirts with vampiric blood lust but is most satisfying when it delves into the superstition and repression that squeeze the breath out of life for young women...
October 19, 2020
If only all debut films were like this: story, style and substance.
October 19, 2020
Harris displays real promise with her first solo feature film; sinking her teeth deep into the original novella's themes of fear and persecution, and elegantly translating them for a modern audience.
October 16, 2020
A vampire story in spirit only, this clever and deliberately low-key adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's garish gothic novella is a study in moral ambiguity and 19th-century religious hypocrisy.
October 15, 2020
Admirers of Le Fanu's source material may enjoy this traditional interpretation of gothic seduction, but those craving more bite for their buck will be left hankering for something more modern and salacious.
October 15, 2020
Director Emily Harris' de-fanged adaptation follows plenty of other versions of the novella, zeroing in on the "lesbian vampire" aspect, but the result is deathly dull.
October 15, 2020
[This] creepily atmospheric film is let down by some awkward dialogue and a weirdly bloodless lack of intimacy.
October 13, 2020
Raine is the standout among the cast, delivering a piercing performance as the repressed governess, but her bright-eyed young co-stars struggle to make this love story truly blaze with passion.
October 12, 2020
Those expecting a standard genre exercise may be frustrated by the film's restraint. But on its own terms, it's a sufficiently haunting portrait of the dangers inherent in stifling nature.
October 12, 2020
The tragedy of female oppression and the thrill of sexual discovery merge in Emily Harris's heady, streamlined take on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 Gothic novella.
October 12, 2020
Can't help but feel this tale of bloodlust and sexual desire has been de-fanged.
July 30, 2020
It was a bold and ultimately wise choice for writer/director [Emily] Harris not to make this movie version of Carmilla a vampire story ... which would have cheapened the message of this movie ... Carmilla presents a mesmerizing Gothic atmosphere.
July 22, 2020
Carmilla lacks in surface-level supernatural motivation, it somewhat makes up for in its dark, foreboding melancholy and wholly atmospheric beauty.
July 18, 2020
At 90 minutes, it was a delectable dose of beauty and sensuality.
July 18, 2020
A saturated movie dripping with passion.
July 17, 2020
A film that is conceptually interesting and undeniably stylish, but which, ironically, has now been rendered bloodless, like a grad school paper on the original story brought only nominally to life.
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