Blood Spattered Bride (1972)
Directed by Vicente Aranda

Starring Alexandra Bastedo Dean Selmier Maribel Martín Simón Andreu

When this first hit VHS, it was weak. This Spanish horror film is yet another adaptation of the "Carmilla" lesbian vampire story. Also known as "Til Death Do Us Part," the film is heavily edited in the U.S.

Fortunately, an uncut version has been released as an "extra" on the Blue Underground DVD of "Daughters of Darkness." A man and his new wife find themselves wrapped up with Carmilla (Bastedo), the vampire who descended from the Karnstein family depicted in the sexy Hammer films "Lust for a Vampire," "The Vampire Lovers" and "Twins of Evil." Those films were dull enough. This one has a bit more edge to it, and is way better than the "erotic horror" garbage released straight to DVD these days. A body double is used for the nude scenes of the wife (Maribel Martin). Aranda is the director of some critically acclaimed foreign sex films, including the 1991 crime drama "The Lovers."

The film appeared on a double bill with "I Dismember Mama." Recommended.

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-- Review by Lucius Gore


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