Friday, February 23, 2018

The Blood Spattered Bride (1972, Vicente Aranda)

Just released from Mondo Macabro is the 1972 Spanish Vampire film, The Blood Spattered Bride.  This is a film I have heard the memorable title numerous times over the years (and even had on DVD at one time), but for some reason never got around to watching.  Which is a shame, because this film featured so many of elements that I find key in a great horror film that I'm sorry I hadn't seen it sooner.

The Blood Spattered Bride is based on the nineteenth century Vampire story "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu.  The film centers on a newly married couple, young Susan (Maribel Martin) and her older husband (whose name is never revealed) played by the great Simon Andreu (Forbidden Photos of a Lady Under Suspicion).  Unsatisfied with the hotel they booked for their honeymoon, the couple end up at the husband's childhood home.  Susan begins having visions of a woman who tries to get her to kill her husband.  The husband finds a mysterious woman almost dead on the beach who he brings back to the house, which to Susan's surprise is the same woman invading her dreams.

Mondo Macabro handles this film with a lot of care and the result is stunning.  The film itself, sort of a gothic, giallo-esque vampire film, was very graphic, sexy and a lot of fun.  The cast plays their parts well and other than a senseless animal killing, is very gripping and keeps you guessing until the end.  One thing I kept noticing about the film was how every time you thought you knew what was about to happen, it took a turn in a different direction.  The quality of this blu ray is top notch, with a beautiful transfer and tons of new extras.

Special Features:
Region free worldwide Blu-ray premiere
Brand new 4K restoration from the original negative
English and Spanish language tracks with optional English subtitles
Audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan from the Daughters of Darkness podcast
Two-part interview with actor Simon Andreu
Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas
Interview with Jonathan Rigby, author of the book Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema
Three never-before-seen alternate scenes, and an alternate ending

Multiple trailers and radio spots

Buy The Blood Spattered Bride on Blu Ray from Mondo Macabro HERE

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