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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy
Sandor Elès ...
Maurice Denham ...
Patience Collier ...
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Leon Lissek ...
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Susan Brodrick ...
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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 <>

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Also Known As:

La condesa Drácula  »

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Countess Dracula was based on Hungarian Countess Erzsebet (our modern day "Elizabeth") Bathory who lived from 1560 to 1614. Countess Bathory was allegedly responsible for the deaths of approximately 600 virgin girls, all of which involved torture and gruesome methods of killing. Her atrocities are mostly speculation. She is credited for influencing our modern day concept of Dracula as an entity depending on human blood for youth and vitality. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Monster Mania (1997) See more »

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Ingrid Pitt is the stuff of dreams - and nightmares
7 January 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The tale of Countess Bathory who, horrified by her own ageing, discovers taking a bath in a virgin's blood will restore her lost youth and get her noticed by dashing Sandor Eles. Fortunately for the countess, her estate positively heaves with buxom maidens. Director Peter Sasdy may have let the brilliant Ingrid Pitt run a little wilder amongst the drab sets with the roles of Bathory young and old, but her joy at hamming it up helps place this as one of the better later Hammer productions. Nigel Green and Maurice Denham give twitching support.

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