IMDb > La comtesse perverse (1974)

La comtesse perverse (1974) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
5.7/10   273 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 10% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Jesús Franco (scenario and adaptation)
Elisabeth Ledu de Nesle (dialogue)
View company contact information for La comtesse perverse on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
10 December 1975 (France) See more »
Hunting Humans Was Her Favorite Game
Two wealthy aristocrats lure a virginal girl to a Spanish island for a night of sex, death and cannibalism. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Jess Franco Takes on The Most Dangerous Game See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)
Alice Arno ... Countess Ivanna Zaroff

Robert Woods ... Tom / Bob Nubarre
Howard Vernon ... Count Rabor Zaroff
Tania Busselier ... Moira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kali Hansa ... Kali (uncredited)
Caroline Rivière ... Carole (uncredited)

Lina Romay ... Silvia Aguado (uncredited)
Pamela Stanford ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Monica Swinn ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Pierre Taylou ... The Tied Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Clifford Brown)
Writing credits
Jesús Franco (scenario and adaptation) (as Jesus Franco Manera)

Elisabeth Ledu de Nesle (dialogue)

Produced by
Robert de Nesle .... producer
Original Music by
Olivier Bernard 
Jean-Bernard Raiteux  (as Jean Bernard Raiteux)
Cinematography by
Gérard Brisseau (director of photography) (as Gerard Brissaud)
Film Editing by
Gérard Kikoïne  (as G. Kikoine)
Sound Department
Michel Condo .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Vernon .... still photographer (as Mario Lippert)
Editorial Department
Patrick de Coninck .... assistant editor (as Patrick DeConinck)
Other crew
Simone Leguillon .... script supervisor
Fernande Meunier .... production secretary

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Countess Perverse" - USA (DVD title)
See more »
France:87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Two different houses were used for the Zaroff estate: One for exteriors and a second one for interiors.See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Jess Franco Takes on The Most Dangerous Game, 25 May 2014
Author: Shaza123 from Australia

Have you read the Most Dangerous Game, also known as The Hounds of Zaroff? It's a short story by Richard Connell that came out in the 1920s. Even if you haven't read it, no doubt you know the story, there have been countless adaptations and movies based on the same idea. People trapped on an island, and being hunted off one by one by some very sick individuals. Sounds like Battle Royale, sounds like The Condemned, even sounds like the recently popular tween flick, The Hunger Games. What can I say, it's a damn good story. But I bet no one has ever seen anything quite like Jess Franco's version of this popular tale. Can you imagine if the fans of The Hunger Games saw this?! It would blow their minds!!! This is the one and only, Countess Perverse.

Countess Perverse follows the story far more closely then the previous mentioned adaptations, our villains are even referred to as Countess and Count Zaroff. The only difference being, Franco adds a certain... flavour.. to the mix, to make this flick quite the tasty treat. And of course, when Franco is involved, we know things are bound to get a little saucy. Actually that's an understatement, think of this as a very...sensual... version of the Most Dangerous Game. Some might even call it sleazy. And it is, I do recall a rape scene that very quickly turns into a consensual encounter. And of course the forever lingering shots directed at female genitalia, oh Franco, you romantic you! For the most part, the entire cast spend most of the movie nude. And with stars such as the always gorgeous Lina Romay, it's quite a sight. Rejoice for the human form and all it's beauty!

To add more beauty to this somewhat erotic movie, we have a gorgeous setting. The island is breathtaking, it's surrounded by beautiful ocean views, menacing rock formations, and interesting architecture for the Mansion that our victims find themselves in. The scenes where our cast walk down the steps in the house, tinted red, is such an interesting and menacing shot, it really stood out for me.

Finally, the music is quite beautiful in parts and also quite tribal in others. Really sets the movie for me. Just gorgeous. I'm coming to appreciate the musical sense in Franco's work. He knows how to tone the scenes.

Final thoughts? Most people probably would dismiss this movie as trash or porn without giving it more of a chance. It's unfortunate because this movie offers so much more than that, and while some scenes might be considered borderline pornographic, the film goes above and beyond those scenes. In a similar vein to Lorna the Exorcist, it's a damn good movie and one I recommend fans or Euro horror. Just be warned that this is an 18 years and over flick. Sorry kiddies, you keep enjoying The Hunger Games.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (5 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for La comtesse perverse (1974)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Original Sin Gemidos de placer Women Behind Bars Fleisch Scorned
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.