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Director:
Writers:
Jeremy Paul (screenplay)
Alexander Paal (story) ...
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Release Date:
11 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Virgin Blood: for all your party events! Now with new and improved formula! See more (52 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
 
Writing credits
Jeremy Paul (screenplay)

Alexander Paal (story) and
Peter Sasdy (story)

Gabriel Ronap (idea)

Valentine Penrose  book "The Bloody Countess" (uncredited)

Produced by
Alexander Paal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Robertson  (as Harry Robinson)
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Talbot (director of photography) (as Ken Talbot)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Richardson 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Harrison 
 
Costume Design by
Raymond Hughes 
 
Makeup Department
Patricia McDermott .... hairdressing supervisor (as Pat McDermot)
Tom Smith .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Christopher Sutton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ariel Levy .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager
Tim Hutchinson .... set designer (uncredited)
Tim Wake .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Terry Poulton .... sound recordist
Alban Streeter .... sound editor (as Al Streeter)
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bert Luxford .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera operator (as Ken Withers)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Owen-Smith .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... music supervisor
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Mia Nadasi .... choreographer (as Mia Nardi)
 
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | Germany:18 (DVD release) | Iceland:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (DVD release) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG (Approved No. 22673)

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Trivia:
The picture that appears behind the opening credits is an 1896 painting by Hungarian artist Istvan Csok. It shows the real Countess Bathory enjoying the torture of some young women by her servants. In an inner courtyard of one of her castles, the naked girls are being drenched with water and allowed to freeze to death in the snow.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Referenced in The Wicker Man Enigma (2001) (V)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Virgin Blood: for all your party events! Now with new and improved formula!, 10 May 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

This is a Hammer film production and the name Dracula is mentioned in the title, yet shouldn't raise any hopes to see Christoper Lee dressed up in women's clothing, as this is not another entry in the long-running Dracula-series! The screenplay of this movie is based on the life of Countess Elisabeth Bathory, who lived in Hungary during the 16th century, and became almost as (in)famous as Vlad Dracula because of her bizarre rituals to sustain a youthful appearance. The merciless countess bathed in the blood of slain virgins and supposedly was responsible for the death of more than 300 young girls. Naturally, this makes her an ideal villain and who other than the eminent Hammer Studios were more eligible to turn this legend into a compelling Gothic horror movie? Director Peter Sasdy and writer Alexander Paal added a lot of popular story lines, like a truckload of sexual intrigues and a neat display of corruption, but they also managed to sustain the morbidity of Bathory's persona. Ingrid Pitt, perhaps the most ravishing Hammer actress ever (see "The Vampire Lovers" for more evidence), is truly magnificent as the repellent countess who would even sacrifice her own daughter in order to maintain her virility. She has the loyal Captain Dobi and a bunch of household staff to obey her commands implicitly and a newly arrived stud to fall in love with. Regretfully, the film lacks balanced pacing and the set pieces too often look like discarded attributes from other Hammer films. There's a satisfying amount of bloodshed and sleaze and the abrupt ending comes as a genuine shock. "Countess Dracula" is perhaps not the most sensational horror movie of the early 70's, but it provides a welcome change in substance and it's definitely worth tracking down by all the fans of Gothic goodness.

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