BFI Flare Review of The Carmilla Movie

Laura and former vampire Carmilla’s domestic bliss is interrupted by an unknown supernatural threat when Carm shows signs of re-vamping and Laura starts having ghostly dreams.

For those of you who are not a Creampuff (the fan name for those who have been watching the webseries online), The Carmilla Movie is a spin off from a webseries entitled Carmilla. The movie takes place 5 years after the end of season 3 of the webseries.

Whilst they do a good job in getting the audience up to speed on the back story, inevitably there are 'in jokes' and comments that relate to previous adventures which leave audiences like myself, who are yet to see Carmilla a little bit left out. It also means that there is very little in character development and depth, I imagine because that is already done over three series. If you want to get the most out of this film, I would highly recommend watching the webseries first.

The film has some great lines, and is definitely positive in showcasing women as the heroines of film. My favourite line is when Mel tells of Kirsch for wandering off, telling him she is not looking to be the black girl who gets killed off first!

If you like comedy horrors such as Scary Movie, and you like women in period costume... this is definitely worth a watch.

The Trailer

4 star film review of The Carmilla Movie on Planet NationSome Carmilla Facts and Figures for those of you who have missed this phenomenum to date

Carmilla puts a modern spin on the cult classic gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Meshing the vlog format aesthetic with scripted storytelling, Carmilla follows the adventures of university student Laura Hollis (Elise Bauman) whose world is turned upside down after a vampire, Carmilla Karnstein (Natasha Negovanlis), moves into her dorm room.

  • Season One launched in August 2014, Season 2 in June 2015, and the third and final season in September 2016, for a total of 108 x 5 minute episodes.
  • Season 3 garnered over 7 million views in less than 2 months.
  • Carmilla has been viewed in 193 countries and translated in over 20 languages by fans.
  • More than half the views across Carmilla content come from outside North America.
  • Since the series launched in August 2014, it has generated over 69 million views, and 233 million minutes of watch time across all three seasons and additional content.
  • Carmilla fans call themselves "Creampuffs" after a line in the series.

The Carmilla MovieSynopsis

It’s been five years since Laura and Carmilla vanquished the apocalypse and Carmilla became a bonafide mortal human. They have settled in to a cozy apartment in downtown Toronto; Laura continues to hone her journalism skills while Carmilla adjusts to a non-vampire lifestyle. Their domestic bliss is suddenly ruptured when Carmilla begins to show signs of “re-vamping” – from a fondness for bloody treats to accidental biting – while Laura has started having bizarre, ghostly dreams. Enlisting their old friends from Silas University, the couple must now uncover the unknown supernatural threat that’s tied to Carmilla’s past.

Starring:

Elise Bauman as Laura Hollis
Natasha Negovanlis as Carmilla Karnstein
Annie Briggs as Perry
Kaitlyn Alexander as LaFontaine
Nicole Stamp as Mel
Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Elle
Grace Lynn Kung as Charlotte
Cara Gee as Emily
Matt O’Connor as Kirsch
Sophia Walker as Mattie
Sharon Belle as Danny Lawrence

Directed by: Spencer Maybee
Story by: Alejandro Alcoba
Screenplay by: Alejandro Alcoba and Jordan Hall

Carmilla Social Channels

  • Facebook: facebook.com/CarmillaSeries
  • Twitter: @carmillaseries
  • Tumblr: carmillaseries.tumblr.com
  • Instagram: carmillaseries
  • Carmilla on the KindaTV YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/CarmillaSeries

THE FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The full 2018 BFI Flare programme is available here(link is external), but highlights of additional activities to the film screenings include:

  • Talks with established film and television professionals who are leading the way in LGBTQ+ representation on screen.
  • Workshops and Labs focusing on creating LGBTQ+ media with specific sessions around challenges in development, funding and exhibition.
  • Networking opportunities throughout the Festival with a range of receptions with film and television professionals included in the Delegate Package. 

BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival 2018About BFI Flare

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, formerly known as the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is the biggest LGBT film festival in Europe. It takes place every spring in London, England

www.bfi.org.uk/flare