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|The Blood Spattered Bride|
Actors: Simon Andreu, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier, Maribel Martín
Director: Vicente Aranda
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Till Death Do They Part!A beautiful young bride marries into a family with a dark secret and quickly becomes haunted by dreams of a mysterious woman. When her visions become flesh, the newlywed finds herself drawn into a n... more »
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For memorable imagery, hard to top this
runner30 | LA, CA | 04/14/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You won't find a better 1972 Spanish-produced vampire movie (the dialog is in English). I first saw it in a revival theater in LA during a "Grindhouse" month for which Quentin Tarantino had selected all the films; he made it a double feature with a Mexican gem titled "Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary" (1975).
"Bride" concerns a young bride and her boorish husband, and the ghostly woman who comes between them. No one morphs into a bat or carries garlic, though, and the supernatural threat is never fully explained, so very literal-minded people might avoid the word "vampire." This movie is its own thing.
It is worthwhile chiefly for its many haunting images (some even surreal), and I like that it takes a real stab (pun intended) at ideas and characters who are more than one dimensional (though not 100% successfully). There's a little nudity, but the pacing is more concerned with atmosphere than action. Some of the scares fall flat -- but there are also some truly startling moments.
If you appreciate unique, atmospheric horror that is very 1972 in its ideas and execution, then buy this DVD. It is a minor classic.
Unfortunately, there are no special features."
Honeymoon from hell
C. Christopher Blackshere | I am the devil's reject | 07/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Now this is my type of bloody insanity! The Blood Spattered Bride is one bone-chilling and inducing piece of horror cinema. The kind of film they don't even try to make anymore, unfortunately. It's extremely creepy, atmospheric, erotic, and totally bizarre. Anybody who rates this only 3 stars must be a Twilight lover.
It starts off in alarming fashion. A pair of newlyweds check into the hotel, ready to consummate their marriage I assume. Things don't go quite as planned. The Bride gets viciously attacked, stripped and mounted by an intruder who was hiding in the closet. It's so freaking disturbing to see this women totally exposed in unruly fashion. Luckily, this just happens to be a dark figment of the imagination. Or a hidden desire, perhaps? This early sequence sets the tone, plus it is a bit of foreshadowing.
The couple eventually settle in at a different hotel, and a battle of the sexes begins to ensue. Their sexual desires seem to completely clash. To top it off, the hotel itself has quite a tainted past. So when another beautiful, mysterious woman starts to stalk the bride, nightmares begin to surface as reality gets distorted. It's estrogenic madness!
There is plenty of sexual tension that just oozes off the screen, while the violence steadily simmers towards its boiling point. I for one really love the pacing and bizarre plot developments of this story, but it's not for everyone. It includes gallons of blood, full frontal female nudity, misogyny, lesbianism, vampirism...man, it's total horror heaven! Only from the almighty 70's.
The "vampire" intimacy
Bartok Kinski | Prague | 09/09/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The film is inspired by Le Fanu's story Carmila. Pretty much the same identical story: a castle, a curse. It is a very slow movie for today's criterion, but this makes the innovative imagery even more shocking and surprising, most of the film's credit must go to the performances of the lovely leading ladies. The movie isn't a very close version of Sheridan Le Fanu's pompous novel "Carmilla" and it has got nothing to do with Matthew G. Lewis as far as I can tell. The "vampire" intimacy in this film is tied to themes of virginity and rape - most other vampire flicks sort of hint at this but none that I can remember spell it out so clearly. It is exceedingly Freudian in this film. The lesbian vampire catalyst is fueled more by hatred for men than a hunger, a need for blood. The killing is to vindicate, the blood drinking is an aside. The film does a good stint of keeping the audience off balance by cleverly smudging the line between reality and Susan's fantasies and delusions.
The film is a little outstretched, but the plot is complex. After all is said and done the film actually has significance (unlike many films in the genre). It would be notable if someone remade this film and tightened the pacing a bit."
Not bad bit of horror, with the bewitching Ms. Bastedo
Michael D. Chlanda | 07/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An interesting bit of a horror film. The bewitching Ms. Bastedo takes the movie, with her cool, yet seductive, portrayal. If they could ever find it, and if it's uncut, Kashmiri Run, would be another fine example of her work. Her eyes, her lips, and her demeanor, draw the viewer in. Enough said."