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Director:
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Jeremy Paul (screenplay)
Alexander Paal (story) ...
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Release Date:
11 October 1972 (USA) See more »
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In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding... See more » | Full synopsis »
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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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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 | Netherlands:18 (1973) | 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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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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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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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Literal Blood Bath, 10 September 2000

Shocking, poetic, well-done story loosely based on the legend of Countess Bathory of Hungary who, it is said, bathed in the blood of young virginal women for the purposes of rejuvenating her skin. Ingrid Pitt plays the countess in all her ugly old age and her fresh nubile new skin. Actually, Pitt does a very good job in a very difficult role of playing two women incredibly apart in age that are supposed to be the same woman. The direction is done by Peter Sasdy, probably the best of Hammer's latter directors, who did a very good job with Taste the Blood of Dracula and Hands of the Ripper. Sasdy knows how to use his camera and can be quite lyrical with it. Some of the scenes are very fresh and inventive. One that stands out is where Pitt returns to her ugliness and all the action of her inner turmoil is seen through some broken lattice. Quite good! Too bad that Hammer had by this time gone to that inferior film stock. This would have been simply gorgeous had it been done five years earlier. Also, by this time, Hammer had to rely on more blood and violence and more exposed bosoms. Countess Dracula is at times quite bloody, with the pinnacle I think being the scene where Pitt is actually caught unawares bathing in blood and massaging her nude bodice with a blood-soaked sponge. Nonetheless the violence really does not detract too much from a pretty good story and execution of it. Nor does the nudity, albeit it rather unnecessary(Andrea Lawrence is quite "charming" in her role as a serving girl...no pun intended). The rest of the cast is very good with Nigel Green really giving a nice performance as a jealous lover and Maurice Denham excelling as a dotty old man. The film stands as a testament to the extremes some people will go through to recapture what was past, and their self-centered, self-serving drive to remain beautiful and young. Is it topical today? You bet ya!

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