Carmilla stakes queer feminist claim in 19th century gothic horror

Candy checks in with Carmilla cast members Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman, as well as the show's producer Steph Ouaknine.

In the 19th century, J. Sheridan Le Fanu wrote a gothic novella about a young woman who is preyed upon by a lesbian vampire named Carmilla

In the 21st century, a mostly female cast and crew have seized Le Fanu's story by the throat. 

"The point of our show really is to subvert ... do the feminist queer retelling of that novella," says Natasha Negovanlis, who plays an updated version of the dark temptress. 

The result is Carmilla, a wildly popular Canadian web series nicknamed "queer Buffy." The show's blend of Scooby-Doo style mysteries with Veronica Mars style action has attracted millions of fans around the world. 

As the show enters its third season, guest host Candy Palmater checks in with Negovanlis as well as co-star Elise Bauman (Laura) and the show's producer Steph Ouaknine

When asked how Carmilla compares with other popular vampire dramas, like True Blood and Twilight, Bauman laughs. 
"It's way better." 

Natasha Negovanlis and Elise Bauman star in the wildly popular webseries Carmilla, which is based on a 19th century horror story. (KindaTV)
Carmilla producer Steph Ouaknine, guest host Candy Palmater, Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla) and Elise Bauman (Laura) strike a pose in studio q. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?