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Ceremonia sangrienta (1973)

R | | Horror | October 1974 (USA)
The ageing Countess discovers that the blood of a maid can temporarily restore her youth and great beauty. She falls in love with a dashing young soldier but is compelled to kill again and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Espartaco Santoni ...
Karl Ziemmer
Ana Farra ...
Silvano Tranquilli ...
Lola Gaos ...
Enrique Vivó ...
María Vico ...
Maria Plojovitz
Ángel Menéndez ...
Adolfo Thous ...
Ismael García Romen ...
Capitán (as Ismael García-Romeu)
Raquel Ortuño ...
Loreta Tovar ...
Sandra (as Dolores Tovar)
Franca Grey ...
Ghika ...


The ageing Countess discovers that the blood of a maid can temporarily restore her youth and great beauty. She falls in love with a dashing young soldier but is compelled to kill again and again to maintain her attractiveness and prevent the secret getting out. Written by <P.M.Laws@education.leeds.ac.uk>

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It's a frightening portrayal of the countess who allegedly bathed in the blood of virgins
23 November 2008 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The picture is set in 1807 , Cajlice , Central Europe . The countess (Lucia Bose) masquerades the death her husband (Espartaco Santoni), as she needs blood to maintain facade of youth . The count abducts gorgeous girls from small village nearby the castle . Meanwhile , he falls in love with a countrywoman (Ewa Aulin) . The girls are killed and finally the countess can take her bath in their blood while being watched by the count .

Rather erotic Spanish-Italian co-production plenty of killings , suspense and horror . The story takes parts here and there from Sheridan LeFanu's Carmilla and the legend based on historical figure Elizabeth Bathory . Interesting casting , as an attractive and mature Lucia Bose who long time ago played for Antionini and an elegant noble well played by Espartaco Santoni who acted in various horror films , such as ¨Lisa and devil¨ , ¨Night of the demon¨ , ¨Exorcism's daughter¨. And Ewa Aulin who performed along with Marlon Brando in ¨Cindy¨. Colorful cinematography in Hammer style by Fernando Arribas . Creepy , eerie musical score by Carlo Savina . The motion picture was well directed by Jorge Grau who made a Zombie classic called ¨Living dead at Manchester Morgue¨ or ¨Sleeping corpses lie¨ . Other movies about this Bathory legend are the followings : ¨The countess vampire¨ (72) by Peter Sasdy with Ingrid Pitt and Nigel Green and episode of ¨Immoral tales¨ (1974) by Valerian Borowickz with Paloma Picasso . And referred to Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla are ¨The vampire lover¨ (70) by Roy Ward Baker with Ingrid Pitt and Peter Cushing and followed by ¨Lust for vampire¨ (71) by Jimmy Gangster with Ralph Bates and Barbara Jefford.

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