It was a couple of months ago when I first reported on the latest version of Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel Carmilla, a story which has seen several adaptations, from Hammer’s 1970 cult favourite The Vampire Lovers to a recent and very popular web series. Fabien has now provided us with the first trailer for the UK film, and it does suggest that it will have a horror element to it, something that I wasn’t sure about when those beautiful images were released a while back, though the trailer seems to be downplaying the vampire element – it’s there, but is not really the main feature. Anyway, as ‘HCF’s resident old school Gothic horror lover, I remain highly intrigued by this film and will let you know more as soon as more news filters out.
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 rumours 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.