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Jeremy Paul (screenplay)
Alexander Paal (story) ...
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11 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
 
Writing credits
Jeremy Paul (screenplay)

Alexander Paal (story) and
Peter Sasdy (story)

Gabriel Ronay (based on an idea by)

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 .... make-up 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 .... musical supervisor
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Mia Nadasi .... choreographer (as Mia Nardi)
 
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93 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | Germany:18 (DVD release) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:18 (1973) | Norway: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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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 »
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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 Bloodmyth (2006)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Hammer's Take On The Popular Bathory Story, 18 January 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

Although certainly not one of Hammer's great films from the early 70s, "Countess Dracula" is another imaginative, atmospheric and also quite unusual movie from this great production company. The film is vaguely based on Countess Erzsébeth (Elisabeth) Bathory, who terrorized Hungary of the late 16th and early 17th century by brutally murdering countless young girls. This "Bloody Lady" is widely considered the worst serial murderess in history, and therefore, of course, a popular topic for macabre Gothic literature and Horror films. Aside Vlad 'The Impaler' Tepes, Bathory was the second historical personality to inspire Bram Stoker when he wrote his immortal novel "Dracula". The films and books based on Bathory's life are, of course, mostly anything but historically accurate. "Countess Dracula" is no exception, since the film has little to do with the true story. That doesn't bother me the slightest bit however, since historical accuracy is no compulsory element for a good horror film, and the movie is definitely creepy, atmospheric and in parts also nasty little film.

The movie is, of course, a one-woman show for the sexy Ingrid Pitt, who is great as the countess. Apart from Pitt, Nigel Green also delivers a great performance as her almost equally despicable lover. The rest of the performances are admittedly not too sensational, but the atmosphere is eerie, and the tension is constant.

Another film in which Countess Bathory was the villain was released in 1971, namely Belgian director Harry Kümmel's mesmerizing "Les Lèvres Rouges" aka. "Daughters Of Darkness", which is (although even further away from the true story) ten times better than "Countess Dracula". Although it can't compete with "Daughters of Darkness", however, "Countess Dracula" is definitely an atmospheric and suspenseful film with some moments of sheer greatness, that Hammer fans should not miss. Highly recommended to my fellow Hammer fans!

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