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Countess Dracula (1971)

PG | | Horror | 11 October 1972 (USA)
In 17th-century Hungary, elderly widow Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy maintains her misleading youthful appearance by bathing in the blood of virgins regularly supplied to her by faithful servant Captain Dobi.

Director:

Peter Sasdy

Writers:

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 ... 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 ... 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:

The more she drinks, the prettier she gets. The prettier she gets, the thirstier she gets. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La condesa Drácula See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Countess Dracula was based on Hungarian Countess Erzsebet (our modern day "Elizabeth") Bathory who lived from 1560 to 1614. Countess Bathory was allegedly responsible for the deaths of approximately 600 virgin girls, all of which involved torture and gruesome methods of killing. Her atrocities are mostly speculation. She is credited for influencing our modern day concept of Dracula as an entity depending on human blood for youth and vitality. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

Although cinema cuts were requested by the BBFC (and the film remains listed as cut on their website) the edits were never made following an appeal by Hammer to chief censor Stephen Murphy. See more »

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Ingrid Pitt is the stuff of dreams - and nightmares
7 January 2001 | by charlotteswebSee all my reviews

The tale of Countess Bathory who, horrified by her own ageing, discovers taking a bath in a virgin's blood will restore her lost youth and get her noticed by dashing Sandor Eles. Fortunately for the countess, her estate positively heaves with buxom maidens. Director Peter Sasdy may have let the brilliant Ingrid Pitt run a little wilder amongst the drab sets with the roles of Bathory young and old, but her joy at hamming it up helps place this as one of the better later Hammer productions. Nigel Green and Maurice Denham give twitching support.


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