Unless they’re the creation of a certain Stephanie Meyer, I tend to love vampires whatever the setting, but for me there’s something special when they appear in a period setting, so I’m interested to discover that a new version of Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novella Carmilla is being made. The story has of course already been filmed several times, most notably as Blood And Roses and Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers which spawned two sequels, and there was even a TV series in 2014 which emphasised the lesbian aspects that Le Fanu had to be rather coy about!
Synopsis for this new UK version:
“Miss Fontaine is governess to 15-year-old Lara who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla and the pair strike up a passionate relationship. However, with rumors and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the family doctor, Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to strike fear into those around her.”
The project is the debut feature of writer-director Emily Harris, and stars Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies, Greg Wise and Hannah Rae. From the pics below it looks quite beautiful…but let’s hope there’s some horror too!
No release date yet.