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The Legend of Blood Castle (1973)

Ceremonia sangrienta (original title)
R | | Horror | 5 June 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 »

Director:

Jorge Grau

Writers:

Jorge Grau (story), Jorge Grau (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucia Bosé ... Erzebeth Bathory
Espartaco Santoni Espartaco Santoni ... Karl Ziemmer
Ewa Aulin ... Marina
Ana Farra Ana Farra ... Nodriza
Silvano Tranquilli ... Médico
Lola Gaos ... Carmilla
Enrique Vivó Enrique Vivó ... Alcalde
María Vico María Vico ... Maria Plojovitz
Ángel Menéndez Ángel Menéndez ... Magistrado
Adolfo Thous Adolfo Thous ... Juez
Ismael García Romen Ismael García Romen ... Capitán (as Ismael García-Romeu)
Raquel Ortuño Raquel Ortuño ... Irina
Loreta Tovar Loreta Tovar ... Sandra (as Dolores Tovar)
Franca Grey Franca Grey ... Nadja
Ghika Ghika ... Inge
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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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A Horror Chamber of Blood and Gore See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

5 June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Female Butcher See more »

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Production Co:

X Films, Luis Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 62852 delivered on 28-7-1973. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the Spanish version the nude scenes were re-shot with the women completely dressed. See more »

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Featured in Eurotika!: Blood and Sand (1999) See more »

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a Gothic masterpiece
5 February 2009 | by trashgangSee all my reviews

It's weird that this flick is still unavailable on DVD. Through my years in the genre I was able to get me an English spoken version and full uncut. The parts taken out and now available on this version were taken from a Norwegian VHS copy. It wasn't bloody scenes that were taken out but nudity parts. It really is a masterpiece, there isn't that much blood in it and it isn't scary at all but it is the atmosphere that makes this flick. Some people will be offended by the fact that there is real animal cruelty in it and some child abuse in the form of cutting the child with a piece of glass. It's all about vampirism and the real story of Elisabeth Bathory. All actors are really believable and the editing and lighting for an Italian movie is really nice. The sound of the churchbells all around the movie makes it also a bit frightening. This movie proofs that blood isn't always necessary to make a real good horror movie, try to catch the restored full uncut version at ZDD, a real good shop.


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