Welcome to Queer Fudanshi. Let’s Talk. In this post, we’re going to talk about the Carmilla Movie.
Carmilla was originally a web series (that was loosely based on a classic novel). The web series followed university student Laura Hollis who’s roommate one day mysteriously disappears and is replaced by Carmilla Karnstein.
Laura, and her friends, are determined to figure out what’s going on with the missing female students on campus while also dealing with this new lesbian vampire in their midst.
The original web series was so successful and celebrated that the production team went through with creating a movie to tie off the story (and there are rumors of other projects in the works like a Carmilla stage play). This now sees us watching the characters interact a few years after the web series as a new magical threat looms over their heads.
This is the Carmilla Movie.
*If you haven’t watched the original web series, you can check that out here.
Where to Buy/Stream:
The Carmilla Movie Website* (Varying packages starting at $9.99)
*Buy it here and then link to stream/download will be sent to your email.
The Talk (Non-Spoilers):
Worth the Money & Watch
While I don’t have a lot to talk about concerning the specifics of this movie, that doesn’t stop me from saying that this movie was generally a home run.
Everything came together wonderfully from the acting, to the writing, to the production. Sadly, none of the actors stood out to me like Annie Briggs had done in earlier installments to the series. That said, Dominique Provost-Chakley was the most impactful with her performance.
Really, I have nothing bad to say about this film (except for the fact that I noticed Matt O’Conor’s name doesn’t appear in the “In Order of Appearance” credits). Besides that, I enjoyed every second of the Carmilla Movie for the supernatural adventure that it was.
Almost No Vlogging
That said, I do have a few specifics to talk about.
The first thing I have to rave about, and yes this may be a little petty of me to mention, is the fact that there is almost no vlogging in the Carmilla Movie.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against vlogging. (After all, the set up of my own Youtube videos is basically vlogging). That said, I never liked it for the web series because I felt it distracted from the story or forced the plot to go in weird situations in order to fold around the vlog setup.
Luckily, the Carmilla Movie has almost no vlogging in it besides the intro. That gave the story free range and the characters/actors the space to actually move around and be active. That’s all I’ve wanted since the Christmas Special.
Of course, the writing still found ways to keep the budget in check while still giving leeway to the supernatural adventure.
Speaking of production value, this movie had a great amount of it! Seriously, what was the production budget for this movie, because everything is beautiful! The set/props, the actors, and the cinematography. Beautiful.
And to go further into the pre-production, I have to give props to the writing. The story is well-timed and paced with almost everything plotwise making sense and happening at a good rate.
And the feel of the movie worked well too. There was a little bit of humor and camp, but I enjoyed that. It didn’t get in the way of the dark atmosphere for me, and the atmosphere was built up by nightmare sequences and haunted mansion rooms. Besides the beginning exposition vlog, there was nothing cartoonish about this film.
I’m happy after watching this film. In fact, I’m so happy that I’m excited to see the Carmilla Movie 2 (as the ending hinted at). I threw my money at this film and I’ll surely do it again for a sequel. Doesn’t that say it all?
Extra Thoughts (Spoilers)
- Tub of black water. Cliché.
- Kersh’s arms though…
- How did no one ask how the ghosts got a spellbook in the first place?
- That was a pretty intemse sex scene. Good for them (both movie and actors).
- The flirtation and sexual tension between Charlotte and Mel was palpable from their first scene.
- What was Mel’s hell?
- I wonder what stopped Danny’s actress from being a bigger part in this movie.
- “It’s a cake now. Don’t ask.” I respect that writing.