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The Blood Spattered Bride

2 Ratings: 3.0
Cult Movies movie directed by Vicente Aranda

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 nightmare of unholy communion, … see full wiki

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Bloody Hell!

  • Dec 29, 2009
Rating:
+4
La novia ensangrentada (1972)

Inspired by LeFanu's immortal story of blood lust "Carmilla", The Blood Spattered Bride is one of the
better examples we have of Gothic romanticism, homo eroticism, & taboo desires which is readily available for purchase or rental. Vicente Arande directs this unflinchingly beautiful yet haunting film which will demand repeated viewings & your undivided attention. This is more than just a pleasant surprise for me this season. It was, by far, one of my favorite gifts & I've enjoyed this moody film immensely.

Sadly, no one makes this kind of film anymore & I daresay no one would even attempt a retread of familiar grounds without cramming their version with CGI effects that are completely unnecessary. Bride is heavy with atmosphere yet uses gore in moderation although there is enough blood here to satisfy the curiosity seekers or those who prefer their banquet of terror to be lightly brushed with ketchup.  Arande obviously knew the desired effect he would have on his audience & puts to good use the lighting, Gothic castle settings, & liberal doses of sexuality which are neither too constrained nor overly graphic. Overall, it's a fine mixture indeed & the musical score is magnificent! There are about two or three scenes of female nudity but most of the sex scenes are basically implied as very little is shown rather than merely suggested.

According to what I've read on line, BSB was completely dubbed in English in hopes of cleaning the Spanish accents of the actors/actresses who attempted to speak English throughout the entire film. Sad to report, the English dubbed version may be the only known copy to exist at the present but who cares? If we like the film, why should it matter to us?

In many ways, I was reminded of Bunuel's Belle De Jour although the atmosphere here is far more creepy & even a tad more bizarre. The concept of being afraid to explore or tap into ones sexuality during a honeymoon may not be a new concept nor anything revolutionary given the films we've most likely seen by Bunuel, Kumel, or Rollin but Arande handles the script very professionally & still manages to obtain solid performances from his cast. Alexandra Bastedo is simply marvelous as the lesbian vampire Mircalla who tries to lure Susan (played by the beautiful Maribel Martin) away from her husband. As one can expect, murder cannot be too far behind. 
 
Susan is a rather frigid if not uptight newlywed who seems to object to her husband's sexual domination & would appear to be more than just a bit uncomfortable. In a vain attempt to run from her husband, Susan becomes drawn inexplicably to a young woman completely draped in her bridal wear. At first, the woman appears only in dreams or nightmares but then somehow manifests in the flesh. Susan does manage to draw pictures of Mircalla while exploring the castle & finding portraits of all the women ancestors. Naturally, the face of the blood spattered bride is missing from the portrait.

Husband (Simon Andreu) notices wife has been acting rather strangely after he tells her the the legend of a blood spattered bride. Not knowing which direction to take with the unusual or bizarre recurring nightmares & a strange dagger which always seems to be appearing, he seeks the vital help of doctors as well as considering the possibility of a psychiatrist. Convinced that Susan does love him but  may just merely be under a spell of terrible Freudian dreams which could use some professional assistance. What he fails to realize is Susan may be well past the point of no return.

While there are plenty of trashy European vampire flicks which capitalize on shocking their viewers which tons of explicit sex or gratuitous nudity, Blood Spattered Bride seems to be content with taking the feminist route with even a indirect hints of misogyny or spouse misconduct. It would almost seem that Arande wanted to make a statement about marriages which are failed from the get go or how hard we try to make relationships work that aren't meant to last. Then again, perhaps I am reading into this way too far. Who knows?

I've read that Blood Spattered Bride may not be completely faithful to LeFanu's legendary tale but I do not think that should alter your final decision on whether or not to watch. In fact, I'm surprised that more people have not grasped this one with the re-surging interest in the immortal Lilith. Orlok, are you reading this? There are pretty cool chicks here who I think you might want to check out. 

Oh, special nod & thanks to Chris Blackshere. Hugs & happiest of holidays! Thanks for this piece of blissful holiday joy. Hope yours was something special as well. Wishing you well as always! 
Bloody Hell! Bloody Hell! Bloody Hell! Bloody Hell!

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January 14, 2010
Really nice treatment of this one, Ceno. I'm sure it'll whet the appetite of anyone who hasn't seen it yet.
February 05, 2010
I hope so. I really had a good time with this one on my holiday vacation. I'm glad you're golden eyes found this review. Thank you for your wonderful comments Queen!
February 06, 2010
You're entirely welcome!
 
December 30, 2009
this review just made me all warm and fuzzy inside.
December 30, 2009
Ha! Thanks Woopak. I was awaiting William's response to this one. Have you had the chance to see it yet? After reading Christy's review awhile back & some other faithful amazonians, I knew it had to go on my list of things to watch. Of all the gifts I received this holiday season, this one really grabbed my heart the most. Good to see you back online. ;-)
December 30, 2009
Not yet, I've procrastinated on this one. I will see it 'coz I was going through my stuff the other day and shit; I need to watch what I've bought. I was shocked to find that I have a copy of KINKY KONG LOL!
December 30, 2009
Christy & I both give it high ratings so I'm thinking you will probably give it a 3 or 4 atleast. KINKY KONG? Anything like The Bloody Ape?
December 30, 2009
The movie's an exploitive Euro-trash...just the way we like it! I need to find out how a 30-foot ape can have sex with a normal sized woman; it seems silly but I am dead curious. I'll probably review it once I see it, I put it on top of my pile. Seen Madame O?
December 30, 2009
Exploitive Euro-trash. Ha! My kind of film. Well, I might just have to find some extra change in my wallet & go hunt this sucker down. You seriously got me there William. Supposedly we faced with a similar situation of a huge ape trying to have sex with a normal size woman in Bloody Ape. Even better, we are treated to a helping of ape cum. LOL I really would like to see something like that. No, Madame O? Recommended??
December 30, 2009
Madame O is very recommended. I'll review it for you once the New year is over. It sucks that I have to work tomorrow, 'coz my staff is short-handed. Have you seen SALON KITTY? How was it? I saw it in the bargain bin a few days ago...
December 30, 2009
No, I do want to see that one. Been meaning to check Tinto or Radley for some time but it keeps getting put on the back burner. Don't know why that is. I would gladly check them out. Where was the bargain bin for Salon Kitty by the way? Amazon has it but I don't see any special price yet. Oh well, I will put it back on my wishlist.
December 30, 2009
I saw it at Amoeba, not sure if you have a store like that in your area. Salon Kitty always had my interest but for some reason, whenever I see it, I don't pick it up. I may just go back there today.
December 30, 2009
How much were tehy asking? Never heard of Amoeba before. Hell, we barely have FYE or Blockbuster. Hehe
December 30, 2009
It was only $ 9.95, I'll pick one up and then I'll send it to you when I'm done. Message me your e-mail address again...
 
December 29, 2009
Well, there you have a big old massacre... sexy vampire style! Very nice review Ceno. You've put a bloody, toothy smile on many faces with this one. 8- )=
December 30, 2009
Somehow I seem to think you would have a fun time with this one. The legend of The Blood Spattered Bride reminds me a lot of Lilith. This is definitely one classic you wouldn't want to miss Orlok. Thank you for reading & stopping by as always. ;-)
December 30, 2009
No problemo. Now, I'm going to be shameless and promote myself by saying that you should do the same and check out my latest review. I finally got my Christmas review up... just in time for it to be four days late. LOL!
 
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