Halloween Cocktail #8:
The perfect drink for an erotic vampire horror is a beverage called Vampire Kiss Champagne Cocktail.
1 1/2 ounces vodka (Finlandia)
3/4 ounce raspberry liqueur (Chambord; divided)
1 1/2 ounces sparkling wine (Korbel California Champagne)
Garnish: red sugar (for rim)
Gather the ingredients.
Rim a cocktail glass with red sugar.
Pour the vodka and half of the Chambord into the glass.
Top with Champagne.
Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink.
Serve and enjoy!
Halloween Italian Spanish Horror Film Series #8:
“The Blood Splattered Bride” (1972) directed by Vicente Arada, is a film that attained cult following from many appreciating its mix of horror, vampirism, and progressive ideas on gender and sexuality. The film follows a young newlywed couple on their honeymoon at a secluded countryside hotel. After arriving, they learn of a deceased woman who had brutally stabbed her own husband 200 years ago, after discovering a painting of her with her face cut out of it. The story is based on the 1872 vampire novella “Carmilla” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, one of the earliest world of vampire fiction (predating Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”).
Susan is a young blushing bride, played by Maribel Martín, who experiences a violent and frightening fantasy of a man assaulting her Night one at the hotel. She begs her husband (Simón Andreu) to take them somewhere else, so he decides to move them to his childhood home. A mysterious woman seems to be stalking them, and after moving to the new location, the oddities and dark fantasies that Susan experiences do not get better, they get worse – and they begin to involve this woman.
It is a tale of a seductive vampira who wears her rings facing her palms, dons purple clothing and carries an ornate knife. She resembles a woman who died two centuries prior named Mircalla Karnstein, and goes by the name Carmella. Played by Alexandra Bastedo, she has a the soft unassuming presence of Sharon Tate, but a fiery violence that erupts suddenly and without warning. Her power lies in her ability to entrance the young women and encourage them to slaughter the men.
The film lacks enough gumption and substance to remain entertaining throughout, often feeling meandering and slow. The cinematography by Fernando Arribas is stale compared to the likes of Mario Bava or Dario Argento, but the most effective shots involve extreme close ups of the titular “blood splatter.”
As it is a Spanish horror, and not an Italian giallo, it has an entirely different feel. It is more subdued and packed with underlying themes that are meant to be contemplated. It is a surrealist piece that explores gender violence through an unexpectedly feminist lens. “The Blood Splattered Bride” is a deep-cut eerie drama involving lesbian vampires, erotica and the fight against chauvinism.