Carmilla Reviews

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July 17, 2020
Up until its denouement, Carmilla is excellent. But taking the vampire out of the story and turning it into a period romance unintentionally delivers a destructive message.
July 17, 2020
Writer/director Emily Harris' movie elegantly avoids genre cliches and exploitation elements, instead narrowing in on the characters' loneliness and longing, making their emotions almost palpable.
July 17, 2020
Might look and sound like gothic horror, but in [director Emily} Harris's hands, it's more romance than horror.
July 17, 2020
That kind of social commentary requires an insightful dramatic core, and Carmilla too often shoehorns in horror elements for convenience.
July 16, 2020
Carmilla ... becomes a movie somewhat at odds with itself -- wanting to dissect and undermine the established narrative, while still needing to play along with it.
July 12, 2020
While strong feminist motifs-just as relevant during the film's period setting as they are now-are prevalent, Carmilla is so much more than yet another single-minded polemic about female empowerment...
July 12, 2020
Not a lot happens, and when it does, it's nothing we haven't seen before and done with more terror, fire, sexuality and suspense.
July 7, 2020
A beautiful and essential addition to the list of Carmilla adaptations, Harris proves again that some passions can transcend death itself.
June 20, 2020
Above all, Carmilla is a stunningly beautiful film... and the look perfectly matches Harris' approach to the story.
January 21, 2020
Carmilla isn't scary, she's vaguely menacing, in the same inexplicable way that a person who makes you feel certain things you know you shouldn't be feeling, but can't help it.
January 17, 2020
The relationships are drab and the characters, all of whom are meant to work as archetypes, embody baseline ideologies rather than show how those ideologies act in certain situations.
July 30, 2019
It portrays its central relationship as playful, sensual and exciting rather than driven by plain lust and is all the more an affecting tale as a result, while the performances from its young leads are mesmerising in their raw empathy.
July 3, 2019
Harris drinks deep of the novella's sapphic themes to present a tale of obsession and fear of 'the other' but though the end result is well turned out in terms of look and performance, it could use a little less corseting and a lot more bite.
July 2, 2019
There is much to like in Carmilla, but it is let down by a hesitancy to throw itself into the grossest, maddest side of its protagonist's awakening.
July 2, 2019
This restrained affair could ultimately use a bit more blood in its veins.
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