Carmilla is one of those odd novellas that I feel like a lot of people have heard of but I don’t know how many people have actually read. I mean, I’ve read it, but I’m one of those incredibly annoying people who likes knowing that this was actually the earliest modern vampire tale. Still, it’s an interesting story (quickly put: A lonely noblewoman named Laura’s family begins taking care of another woman named Carmilla, who might be A, obsessed with her in a way that is as explicitly romantic as could be in 1871 and B, is a vampire). It’s always been popular novella for adaptation (though not as popular, or successful, as it’s younger sibling Dracula) although I wouldn’t have really pegged it for an adaption into a webseries.
The plot (based extremely loosely on the novella) is devoted to Laura, a journalism major going to…well it’s not a real college, but it basically might as well be Miskatonic University. Anyway, after a party, her roommate/best friend disappears and she, being a journalism major, decides to launch an investigation into her disappearance. This is complicated by the arrival of her new roommate, Carmilla, who in addition to maybe being the A and B of above, might also be involved in the disappearances and a larger conspiracy to kidnap girls around the college, which Laura’s investigation uncovers.
I find it kind of hard to criticize a webseries, partially because actual critique is not what this column is about, but also because any and all critiques I make of the series could be instantly countered by the fact that I would literally end lives to get to work on a webseries, although in my defense that applies to most movies too (well…not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Still, it works out pretty well for this, as I don’t have a lot in the way of criticisms.
The series is a weird mix of comedy, romance, mystery and towards the end of the first season, some Lovecraftian horror begins to creep in (I sense a definite influence from The Colour out of Space, in particular). If you’re looking for more female or LGBT led horror, it’ll definitely suffice; Of the 7 recurring characters, 5 of them are female and all of them are either heavily hinted or outright stated to be gay. I’d normally be worried about the romantic stuff overwhelming the plot, but the episodes are so short that they don’t really have time to (although I know for a fact that some of the fans of the show will disagree with me on that). And hey, it’s easy to watch; there are currently just over 30 episodes and they average out about 5 minutes a piece.
If it sounds like I don’t have much to say, it’s I don’t. It’s hard to review it properly as most of the critique stuff I do doesn’t apply to a webseries (great Mise En Scene though) and it’s hard to talk much about the plot without spoiling it. So it’s definitely got my seal of approval, so if it sounds like your bag…Give it a Shot! Wow I feel bad about that joke.
Hey, did anyone get that Miskatonic University joke?