The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

One of many retellings of Le Fanu's classic vampire tale Carmilla, THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE follows Susan, a repressed young newlywed who becomes intimidated by her husband's pressing sexual advances. After confiding in a beautiful stranger, Carmilla, she is seduced into a murderous plot to kill her husband as part of an ancient family curse. Unlike Hammer's Karnstein trilogy, THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE drops the Gothic aesthetic and softcore imagery in place of a much more modern adult vampire tale. It still manages to maintain the same creepy mood and atmosphere without the need for misty graveyards or buxom bloodsuckers. That isn't to say that the film is without its share of sexuality either, but the scenes are much more reserved and never become the central focus of the plot. Aranda adds several brutal murders to top it off, completing the picture of blood, sex, and violence common to 70's Spanish Horror. THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE is not far from average, but is certainly a worthwhile entry into the modern vampire lore.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE:
THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, BABA YAGA, VAMPYRES, LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, VAMPYR, LIVING DEAD GIRL, THE WHIP AND THE BODY.

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