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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
Dorothy Ford .... horseback double: Ingrid Pitt (uncredited)
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)
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Mia Nadasi .... choreographer (as Mia Nardi)
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | 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) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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"Countess Dracula' was shot on Pinewood sets originally built for 'Anne of the Thousand Days.'See more »
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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COUNTESS Dracula (Peter Sasdy, 1971) **, 22 October 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This isn't one of the best Hammers: unusual and atypically authentic but basically unremarkable. The Bathory legend is rendered silly, mainly because it was almost completely re-invented for the screen: the subject matter may have been controversial for its day but Hammer treat it like another Transylvanian vampire, which is a shame, complete with the ridiculous title!

Leads Ingrid Pitt and Nigel Green are quite good: their characters are well-rounded and their relationship is believable. Maurice Denham is amiable, though his comic sage is a bit overstated for the purpose, then suddenly turning conspirator which leads to his unlucky end. Lesley-Ann Down's role as the young Countess is hopelessly under-developed.

Apart from Pitt's few instances of exposed flesh, the film's nude content is entirely gratuitous, as was Hammer's style at this late vintage of their life-span; the violence is occasionally effective (for instance, Nike Arrighi's murder) but mostly rather tame. One other thing which annoyed the hell out of me was that servant woman who kept asking about her missing daughter!

The finale, while effective, is preposterous for a couple of reasons: having been suspected of mass murder, the Countess would certainly not have been allowed to celebrate her wedding on such a grand scale; even worse, her apparent decision not to 'bathe' on such a momentous occasion is incomprehensible, so that the pay-off is entirely predictable! Compared to other filmizations of the Bathory legend, and DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (1971) in particular, this take on the 'facts' emerges as both hokey and extremely old-fashioned!

The transfer is pretty good for a 30 plus-year film (it seems to have been quite well preserved); ditto for the audio. The theatrical trailer is quite unusual and, frankly, it's better and wittier than the film proper! The commentary is very interesting and well-paced (though lack of a mention of the other Bathory films or Pitt's obvious dubbing is sorely felt, also moderator Jonathan Sothcott and director Sasdy's discussion about a certain shot's presence, or not, in the final version of the film); it ends on a bit of a scuffle, however, between Sasdy and Pitt (who seems to bear some kind of a grudge against the script) which somewhat dampens the otherwise warm and nostalgia-filled talk!

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