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Mostly decent, although they got the Countess Bathory story all wrong... See more (4 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Deborah Rombaut ... Demon Woman

Elise Angell ... Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrian Balbontin ... Gaspard Robilette
Joe Bardellini ... Hungarian Soldier

Christa Bella ... Elizabeth Bathory reenactment
Veronica Belmont ... Virgin #5

Corey Burton ... Narrator
Danielle Bárcena ... Young Virgin #1
Chris Carlone ... Hungarian Soldier

Jeffery Davis ... Vampire

Jeff De Lucio-Brock ... Hungarian Farmer
Vern Dorethy ... Vampire Roleplayer
Ralph Filice ... Grandfather
Ronna Foote Malson ... Victim (as Ronna Malson)
Rosemary Griggs ... Chambermaid

Justin Rodgers Hall ... Vampire
Thais Harris ... Katherine Ramsland

Dan Higgins ... James Spalding
Lisa Konczal ... Noble Virgin
Byron Lambie ... Hungarian Farmer
George Mauro ... Bram Stoker
Jennifer Morgan ... Vampire Roleplayer

Lyndsey Nelson ... Susan Walsh
Woody Purdy ... Vampire Roleplayer
Jack Sale ... Rod Ferrell
Jay Sayles ... Hungarian Ax Soldier
Scott Serby ... Vampire Roleplayer

Peter Stack ... Ficzko
Brittany Sunderland ... Vampire Roleplayer
Ray Thomas ... Vampire Roleplayer
Tony Timmer ... Vampire Roleplayer
Nick Toka ... Vampire Roleplayer
Scott Updegrave ... Richard Wendorf
April Vancelette ... Farmer's Wife

Kari Wishingrad ... Bathory Chambermaid
Christopher C. Wright ... Vampire Roleplayer

Directed by
Diana Zaslaw 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Josh Rosen 

Produced by
David M. Frank .... executive producer
Margaret Kim .... executive producer
Eileen Rivera .... line producer
Diana Zaslaw .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Yoram Astrakhan 
Adam Vardy 
 
Art Direction by
Anna Noelle Rockwell 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Vandenberghe 
 
Makeup Department
Lisamarie Costabile .... key hair stylist
Lisamarie Costabile .... makeup designer
Michael Peterson .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Greg Boudreaux .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Francis Hurley IV .... first assistant director (as Jim Hurley)
 
Art Department
Samantha Levens .... art department production assistant
 
Sound Department
Andrew Roth .... sound designer
 
Other crew
Luke Sauer .... production coordinator (as Luke H. Sauer)
 

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90 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Mostly decent, although they got the Countess Bathory story all wrong..., 21 July 2007
Author: caesarrdn from United States

This documentary did give quite a few interesting insights into the evolution of the vampire in popular culture from Stoker's time up to today, even though it all but ignored earlier stories such as Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla" that likely influenced Stoker. Especially intriguing was the look into so-called psychic vampires and the modern underground vampire culture...I had no idea it was as codified as it appears to be.

But this documentary fails miserably in one area that cannot be ignored...who, I must ask, did the fact-checking on the Elizabeth Bathory story, and what controlled substance were they consuming at the time? As early as 1983, with Raymond McNally's "Dracula Was A Woman", the fact had been established from the court documents (translations of which are in the aforementioned book) from Bathory's trial, which includes testimony from her servants, that while she did commit many bloody atrocities against her servant girls and derived much pleasure from shedding their blood, no evidence exists that she actually bathed in their blood. While some may criticize McNally for his earlier well-meaning if overzealous attempts to link Vlad Tepes Dracula with the literary Count Dracula in more than just name, this time he has the documented facts to back his thesis. The blood-bathing was an embellishment to the story that gained momentum starting in the 18th century and was picked up as fact by later historians and filmmakers who popularized the myth...one of its most recent manifestations is the figure produced by MacFarlane Toys showing Bathory bathing in a tub of blood. I wonder if this figure served as an inspiration for the producers of this documentary to portray as fact something that was debunked over two decades ago. In addition, while Rudolf II was indeed King of Hungary at one time during Countess Bathory's life, the ruler who wanted her prosecuted was actually his successor, King Matthias II. All of this being said, I have to agree with the other reviewers about Christa Bella's portrayal of Countess Bathory...she brings an air of evil to the role that can best be described as delicious.

All in all, "Vampire Secrets" is a very well-made and thought-out documentary with the exception of the Bathory story...if you want the truth about her, watch the Discovery Channel documentary "The Most Evil Women in History: Countess Dracula"...it encapsulates all of the facts about this wicked woman into less than half an hour, and does it well.

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