CARMILLA (ZOMBIES JOE’S UNDERGROUND): 90% – SWEET

“Carmilla” at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre. Photo: Richard M. Johnson.

SWEET
Carmilla is a deliciously seductive fare, one that will give you nocturnal visions, perhaps even a nightmare…
Spencer Cotter – The_Detective

SWEET
While I myself felt that a bit more blood and a couple of tit flashes would have nailed it, the hour long experience is akin to a staged performance of Dark Shadows or one of the early Hammer films and that’s a good thing.
Dukey Flyswatter – The Los Angeles Beat

BITTERSWEET
In the end, I wanted more. It seemed that Blue tried to cram everything in under an hour (which I usually appreciate), but I wanted a detailed expansion of the text. We never experience the ineffable intimacy, passion, magic, pain, danger and tension that is Laura and Carmilla’s friendship. Instead, we witness only a few pivotal moments with broad strokes, which prevents us from emotionally investing in the characters and the stakes in Carmilla’s final scene. This lack of depth and emotional connection would be inconsequential if the heart of the piece was pumping out a hefty stream of the promised “blood-thirsty thrills” rather than one girl-on-girl, tongue-less smooch, half a clothed boob grab and one and a half vampire bites. But who’s counting?
Caitlin Hart – The Chamberpot

SWEET
If MacDowell Blue and co-director Mark Hein’s conservative production is shy on stage fireworks or Grand Guignol splatter typical of producer Zombie Joe’s Underground, anybody weaned on Hammer Film’s early-’70s Karnstein Trilogy of sapphic vampire films should find the results as irresistible as a siren’s song.
Bill Raden – LA Weekly

SWEET
As it is, Carmilla is a provocative little theater piece which enables its creators to respectfully explore some of the classic elements of vampire mythology.
Scott Feinblatt – Horror Works

CARMILLA
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group
4850 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood CA. 91601
EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 29, 2014
Saturdays and Sundays, 11pm
Tickets: $15; (818) 202-4120

Filed Under: FeaturedLemonMeterTop Rated

Tags:

LemonMeter About the Author: We don’t “review” shows here at the Lemon, rather we "review" reviews by gathering them from a variety of local review sites around the internet, judging them to be positive or negative, then forming an aggregate score that we call a LEMONMETER RATING, showing how well that show has been reviewed in total. For more detail on how the LemonMeter works visit here.

RSSComments (0)

Trackback URL

Comments are closed.