Written By: DMG
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Gabriel Pelletier
Producer: Nicole Robert, Luc Vandal
Writer: Ann Burke, Yves Pelletier, et. al.
Date Released: November 1, 1996
Isabelle Cyr as Karmina
Robert Brouillette as Philippe
Yves Pelletier as Vlad
France Castel as Esmeralda
Gildor Roy as Ghislain Chabot Et Patrick
Raymond Cloutier as Baron
Sylvie Potvin as Baronne
Diane Lavallee as Linda
Mario St-Amand as Pierre
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
142 year old vampire, Karmina escapes from Transylvania and goes to Quebec, Canada on her wedding night. There she meets her Aunt, Esmeralda, who gives Karmina a potion that turns her human temporarily. One day, Karmina rushes into a church to get away from hoodlums. There, she is possessed by the sounds of the organ and flys around the church. From that point, the organ player, Philippe, is hooked on finding out who this girl is.
There is no blood or gore in this film. However, one scene suggests that main character, Karmina, bites off one of her victim’s genitalia. But, the film, Karmina, as a whole in not a graph film but rather focused on the comedy.
The Grave Review
Karamina, a Canadian Horror/Comedy/Romance story, is oddly a funny film that takes a classic vampire story and turns it into a comedic plot. Karmina, a vampire from Transylvania, travels to Quebec to escape a marriage to then be turned into a human and experience human feelings. The true entertainment of this film comes from the subtle contextual nuances. The humor is not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny but rather portrays that awkward uncomfortable humor that we may experience in certain situations.
There are multiple scenes in the film that just give make you ponder that question, “What if this actually happened.”? For example, when Karmina enters the Canadian Airport, she checked her coffin as luggage. My first question was, I wonder if she was charged extra for that? Clearly, it she didn’t fly United. In another scenario, one vampire created a dating consulting agency called the midnight sun. These things may only be funny enough to make you gasp out of your nose, but taken together, the film turns out to be fairly humorous.
As for the performance, each actor and actress performed respectably. However, there was no person who stood out. Perhaps, if I had to choose one, actor, Yves Pelletier, who played Vlad, was quite funny. Although considering the nature of this film, it should not be expecting to have Oscar-winning performances.
As a whole, Karmina (1996) is an entertaining film and fun film. If you are looking for a chill, relaxing horror/comedy, this one may be right for you.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Karmina (1996) three graves out of five graves.
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