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Countess Dracula (1971)

PG | | Horror | 11 October 1972 (USA)
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In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start ... See full summary »

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In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start abducting likely candidates. The Countess - pretending to be her own daughter - starts dallying with a younger man, much to Dobi's annoyance. The disappearances cause mounting terror locally, and when she finds out that only the blood of a virgin does the job, Dobi is sent out again with a more difficult task. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Her macabre and bloody quest for eternal youth

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Although cuts were requested by the BBFC (and the film remains listed as cut on their website) the edits were never made following an appeal by Hammer to chief censor Stephen Murphy. See more »

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When the young boys in the forest discover the body of the girl, they run way and holler for help. In the next shot, the girl is breathing. See more »

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Another Great Production of Hammer
29 July 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The old and evil Countess Elisabeth Nodosheen (Ingrid Pitt) uses blood sacrifice to bath with the blood of virgin women and restore her beauty and youth helped by her servant Julie Sentash (Patience Collier) and her former lover, Capt. Dobi the Castle Steward (Nigel Green). When she meets the young Lt. Imre Toth (Sandor Elès), she pretends to be her daughter Ilona to marry him, for the despair of Dobi. But when Illona returns home to visit her mother, Julie that was her former nanny has to decide what to do to protect her.

"Countess Dracula" is another great production of Hammer, my favorite studio of horror movies when I was a teenager. In accordance with the information on the DVD and IMDb, this story is based on the Hungarian Countess Erzsebet, who killed many virgin women and bathed with their blood. This film is not a vampire or a frightening movie, as an unaware viewer may be induced based on its inappropriate title. Indeed it is a dramatic and theatrical horror story, very well constructed and supported by a great cast, highlighting Ingrid Pitt in a double role of a fresh young woman, and also a very bitter and evil old woman. The camera is excellent in the scenes when Countess Elisabeth becomes old again. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Condessa Drácula" ("The Countess Dracula")

Note: On 26 August 2014, I saw this movie again.


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