This probably wasn’t the best way to break into Carmilla week, but we needed to start somewhere and I’ve always liked American culture of the 19th Century, and not to mention Meg Tilly. Is it good?
The tale takes us to a plantation in the South of America during the Civil War. Marie and her father live a lonely life which is turned upside down with the visitor, Carmilla who is involved in a coach accident and taken in until she is well. She soon becomes great friends with Marie who have a close relationship, running through the woods in huge white layers dresses. (note, these dresses never get any muck on ‘em at all). Although, when things are this good, there must be a twist. Carmilla has a thing for the red stuff and soon, people start dropping off.
Meg Tilly is great, always is and here, steals the screen. Ione Skye is also very bloody good and Roddy McDowall is also great and perfect. The real problem is just the sheer size of this thing. It’s small simple plot which has been done to death, but this obviously is due to being based on the novel by Sheridan Le Fanu (25 years prior to Dracula) so there’s no wonder we’ve all heard and seen this all before. It’s shot pretty dream like for the most part but there is no real revalation and not enough blood, gore and sex for this kind of film (Due to it’s TV audience). So, take it for what it is. It’s cute looking vampire girls in big dresses, a big house and lots of woods. Very gothic and a nice idea setting in a plantation.