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Countess Dracula (1971)

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In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start ... See full summary »

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Peter Sasdy

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Jeremy Paul (screenplay), Alexander Paal (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Pitt ... Countess Elisabeth
Nigel Green ... Captain Dobi
Sandor Elès ... Imre Toth
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Master Fabio
Patience Collier ... Julie
Peter Jeffrey ... Captain Balogh
Lesley-Anne Down ... Ilona
Leon Lissek ... Sergeant of Bailiffs
Jessie Evans Jessie Evans ... Rosa
Andrea Lawrence Andrea Lawrence ... Ziza
Susan Brodrick Susan Brodrick ... Teri
Ian Trigger Ian Trigger ... Clown
Nike Arrighi Nike Arrighi ... Gypsy Girl
Peter May Peter May ... Janco
John Moore John Moore ... Priest
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Storyline

In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the blood of young girls makes her young again she gets Dobi to start abducting likely candidates. The Countess - pretending to be her own daughter - starts dallying with a younger man, much to Dobi's annoyance. The disappearances cause mounting terror locally, and when she finds out that only the blood of a virgin does the job, Dobi is sent out again with a more difficult task. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Her macabre and bloody quest for eternal youth See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La condesa Drácula See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Ingrid Pitt's voice was dubbed. Supposedly, she was so furious at director Peter Sasdy that she vowed never to speak to him again. See more »

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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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Hammer's Take On The Popular Bathory Story
18 January 2008 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

Although certainly not one of Hammer's great films from the early 70s, "Countess Dracula" is another imaginative, atmospheric and also quite unusual movie from this great production company. The film is vaguely based on Countess Erzsébeth (Elisabeth) Bathory, who terrorized Hungary of the late 16th and early 17th century by brutally murdering countless young girls. This "Bloody Lady" is widely considered the worst serial murderess in history, and therefore, of course, a popular topic for macabre Gothic literature and Horror films. Aside Vlad 'The Impaler' Tepes, Bathory was the second historical personality to inspire Bram Stoker when he wrote his immortal novel "Dracula". The films and books based on Bathory's life are, of course, mostly anything but historically accurate. "Countess Dracula" is no exception, since the film has little to do with the true story. That doesn't bother me the slightest bit however, since historical accuracy is no compulsory element for a good horror film, and the movie is definitely creepy, atmospheric and in parts also nasty little film.

The movie is, of course, a one-woman show for the sexy Ingrid Pitt, who is great as the countess. Apart from Pitt, Nigel Green also delivers a great performance as her almost equally despicable lover. The rest of the performances are admittedly not too sensational, but the atmosphere is eerie, and the tension is constant.

Another film in which Countess Bathory was the villain was released in 1971, namely Belgian director Harry Kümmel's mesmerizing "Les Lèvres Rouges" aka. "Daughters Of Darkness", which is (although even further away from the true story) ten times better than "Countess Dracula". Although it can't compete with "Daughters of Darkness", however, "Countess Dracula" is definitely an atmospheric and suspenseful film with some moments of sheer greatness, that Hammer fans should not miss. Highly recommended to my fellow Hammer fans!


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