Carmilla stakes queer feminist claim in 19th century gothic horror
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."