Archives for Simon Andreu

Films From the Void: The otherworldly dreaminess of THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE

Director Vicente Aranda’s 1972 vampire film, The Blood Spattered Bride, is a film that has always escaped my attention. It’s been pointed out here and there that Spanish horror doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves, due to the relatively small output size, in comparison to its neighbor, Italy.The Blood Spattered Bride ably demonstrates, however, that the Spaniards could do creepy, gorgeous atmospheres just as well as their counterparts to the east. The plot summary is immediately intriguing: “Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’s ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a
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