Plot: What’s it about?
A beautiful young bride (Maribel Martin) and her husband (Simon Andreu) appear to be on their honeymoon and arrive at a hotel. The bride, Susan sees a mysterious woman outside the hotel. (Alexandra Bastedo) When Susan, is waiting in the room for her husband, a man with a stocking on his head comes out of the closet and rips off her wedding dress and begins to rape her. However, when the husband arrives, Susan’s wedding dress is still on. It appears, that it was just all in her head and never happened. Susan tells her husband that she doesn’t want to stay at the hotel anymore and they leave. The couple arrives at a house where the husband apparently grew up in. This is where the rest of the story unfolds. The wife sees the woman from the hotel in the woods on the property but she doesn’t tell her husband. Susan notices in the house that there are paintings up of male ancestors but none of the wives. She is told by the servants’ daughter (Rosa Rodriguez) that the wives’ paintings are in the cellar. Susan notices that one of the paintings of the wives has the face cut out of it. Susan’s husband tells her that the woman in the painting is named Mircalla Karstein and she murdered her husband on their wedding night because he supposedly made her commit unspeakable acts. Susan has violent dreams involving the mysterious woman she has been seeing. She wakes up and finds a dagger under her pillow. At his point, Susan starts to become detached from her husband. The husband calls on a doctor (Dean Selmier) to figure out why she is having all of these dreams and what is wrong with her. Does this woman really exist or is she just a figure of Susan’s imagination? I don’t want to give anything more away since I probably have said enough already for those who want to see this movie.
Anchor Bay has released “The Blood Spattered Bride” in an widescreen uncut and uncensored 101 minute version for the first time in America. I hadn’t seen this movie before prior to the DVD, so I don’t know which scenes are the extra ones or how much more gore the DVD has than the U.S. version. I know the U.S. version is around 82 minutes which is on Gorgon Video. There is an extremely gory scene in the DVD where a person is repeatedly stabbed and has the heart pulled out and squeezed. I would assume that this scene was trimmed a little in the U.S. version as well as a few snips in other places, including a little of the full frontal nudity. This film was directed by Spanish director Vicente Aranda in 1972 and is based on writer LeFanu’s tale “Carmila.” It was supposedly on a double feature bill with “I Dismember Mama” in the U.S. in the 70’s according to the trailer on this DVD.
As for the movie it is slow moving and takes awhile for anything to happen. The first thirty minutes consist of Susan seeing the mysterious woman and the husband playfully chasing the wife around the house and on the property. I assume that the wife chasing scenes were probably cut for pacing purposes in the U.S. version. The scene slows down the movie and well as some others. The movie picks up a little over the next half an hour as the story starts to develop but really doesn’t kick into high gear until the last 10-12 minutes of the movie. While there are a few things prior to this that might keep your interests I can’t strongly recommend purchasing this movie. I’d say that you might want to rent it first (if you can find it for rent). The acting and the characters are adequate, the story is all right and there is some gore and nudity in it but the movie is a little too long and slow paced. Now for the video and audio review.
Video: How does it look?
“Blood Spattered Bride” is presented widescreen (1.85:1) and enhanced for 16×9 TV’s. It is a nice looking presentation considering that the film is around 28 years old. The flesh tones look fine as well as the colors. It all appears to be in check. However, there is a little artifacting during some night/darker scenes. It wasn’t distracting to me though. Overall it looked good to me. This must look 10 ten times better than the gorgon video cassette.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is in Dolby Digital Mono (2.0) English and sounds fine to me. It’s nothing explosive, but then again this film is 28 years old and doesn’t have a lot scenes that would make use of a 5.1 soundtrack. The music/effects and dialogue are balanced well. The dialogue doesn’t get drowned out by the music/effects and is generally clear throughout the entire movie with the exception of a few scenes where the dialogue might be a little low. Overall it’s a fine soundtrack.
Supplements: What are the extras?
There is not much here except for a hilarious trailer for “The Blood Spattered Bride”/ “I dismember Mama” double bill. Overall an average film is given a fine presentation by Anchor Bay. Keep up the good work guys.