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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.
Carmilla is a wildly popular web series based on the 19th century gothic horror by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. The show follows a university student named Laura who gets entangled with a broody vampire named Carmilla. As the show enters its third season, guest host Candy Palmater checks in with Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), Elise Bauman (Laura) and the show's producer Steph Ouaknine. 12:24
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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)

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