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Ceremonia sangrienta (1973)

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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Jorge Grau

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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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Documented in the Pages of The Guinness Book of World Records! See more »

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Horror

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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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X Films,Luis Film See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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

Alternate Versions

R rated versions exist as well as trimmed PG versions. All VHS releases as LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE are the PG version. The Mya DVD ( unauthorized ) is the aforementioned 'covered' version. See more »

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Maybe the best Spanish horror film until Alex de la Iglesia made The Day of the Beast
8 August 1999 | by HorrorJeurSee all my reviews

The director of the film, Jorge Grau, is less known than other Spanish "fear maker" of his generation like Jesus Franco or Paul Nashy. But with only three films (this one and the excellent Pena de Muerte and No Profanar el Sueño de los Muertos) he proves an incredible ability to create disturbing and compelling horror films. Ceremonia Sangrienta is for my not only their masterpiece, is also the best try to do horror cinema in Spain as good as in other countries with longer tradition like United States, United Kindom or Italy. The story is fascinating. It propose a new point of view of the classic myth of the vampire, more realist than used to be in the moment that was made the film, and really visionary. Later horror masters like George A. Romero with Martin, Abel Ferrarra with The Addiction or John Carpenter with Vampires made similar treatments of the myth but we can't forget that Jorge Grau was the first. Visually the film is equally splendid. The photography of Fernando Arribas, present in a lot of Spanish horror films like La Cruz del Diablo, Horror Express or the recent Memorias del Ángel Caído, is simply extraordinary giving the film the appropriate colour and light. The cast is perfect, specially the sensual actress Lucia Bosé, but is the work of Jorge Grau behind the camera that makes this film so interesting. The tempo have not ups and downs and progress with the force of a train in the night, the mise in scene is classical and styish at same time, and I have not any doubt that Grau had known how to capture the essence of the vampirism in images.


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