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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bathory of Blood
In this tale, a mixture of historical fact and legend, Hammer queen Ingrid Pitt plays the wicked Countess Nodosheen(based on the fact/fiction of Countess Bathory), who discovers a new beauty treatment. Its red, comes in 9 pint packs, and does wonders for the complexion. Its not easy to come by though, as not any old blood will do, only that from virgin veins.
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Published on 27 Aug. 2008 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett

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3.0 out of 5 stars Countess Bathory.
Countess Dracula is directed by Peter Sasdy and written by Jeremy Paul. It stars Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Eles, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier and Lesley-Anne Down. Out of Hammer Film Productions, music is by Harry Robertson and Eastmancolor cinematography by Kenneth Talbot.

Why didn't they just call it Countess Bathory? Or just Elizabeth Bathory...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bathory of Blood, 27 Aug. 2008
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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In this tale, a mixture of historical fact and legend, Hammer queen Ingrid Pitt plays the wicked Countess Nodosheen(based on the fact/fiction of Countess Bathory), who discovers a new beauty treatment. Its red, comes in 9 pint packs, and does wonders for the complexion. Its not easy to come by though, as not any old blood will do, only that from virgin veins.
She becomes young and beautiful again, but is just as wicked inside, imprisoning her own daughter, and impersonating her, and murdering her way through her subjects, aided and abetted by the devious Captain Dobi, who loves the Countess enough to kill for her.
This is a lavish production, and boasts a fine cast. There is a memorable performance by Maurice Denham as the wily old court librarian Fabio, but all the cast give their all. It isnt my favourite Hammer film, but is very enjoyable, and easy on the eye
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3.0 out of 5 stars Countess Bathory., 1 Nov. 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Countess Dracula: Special Edition [1970] [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
Countess Dracula is directed by Peter Sasdy and written by Jeremy Paul. It stars Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Eles, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier and Lesley-Anne Down. Out of Hammer Film Productions, music is by Harry Robertson and Eastmancolor cinematography by Kenneth Talbot.

Why didn't they just call it Countess Bathory? Or just Elizabeth Bathory? Film has nothing to do with Dracula or Vampires, and is basically an interpretation of Madame Bathory, who back in olde Hungary killed any number of girls for kicks and a vain belief that bathing in virginal blood would keep her young. It's this last aspect that Hammer focus on, unfurling a story where the Countess strikes on the secret of eternal youth, and who then promptly has her daughter kidnapped and proceeds to impersonate her. Thus with that she gets to romance a young man, but of course as the bodies start to pile up, and the Countess' suitor and confidant's begin to get their noses pushed out of joint, things quickly go downhill fast.

As a technical production it's good Hammer fare. Costuming, colour photography, set design and acting performances are perfectly pleasing. Unfortunately it's all very predictable, and worse still considering the plot points of interest, it's pretty bloodless, playing out as some sort of period based drama with the odd bit of dastard behaviour thrown in for good measure. Nothing really happens to perk up the story, and sadly the finale is something of a damp squib. The red blooded amongst us can't help but enjoy the twin lovelies of Pitt and Down, and the wonderful Nigel Green can't believe his luck as he gets to canoodle with our Ingrid! But all told it's not very sexy, not very horror and only works as a good period drama if you set expectation at that level. 6/10
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but an interesting film., 22 April 2011
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While not Hammer's greatest film it is nonetheless an interesting film for those who's taste for horror goes beyond the classics.

Based on the legend of Countess Bathory (who bathed in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth) the standout performance from Ingrid Pitt drives the film along.

Alongside Pitt is Nigel Green (who plays the aging Countess' would be lover). Green, best known for his wonderful performance in Zulu, shows he's a fine performer even in lesser films. Also watch out for a small cameo from Niké Arrighi (The Devil Rides Out).

Made in the 70's its full of what was en vogue at the time, blood, screaming and topless women. This is not to do it a disservice as there's nothing silly or 'soft-porn' about it really. It remains, in true Hammer style, atmospheric and spooky.

It's major downfall is the pacing of the film, there's too little of interest happening for too long. Other Hammers have used the hour and a bit length to perfection and squeezed in plenty of thrills. However Countess Dracula starts well and fizzles out until its climactic end. It's a shame as the actors deserved better (particularly Ingrid Pitt). It's still got a nice charm and some very entertaining scenes but not one of the classics I'm afraid.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that horrific but..., 4 Nov. 2008
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Countess Dracula: Special Edition [1970] [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
This is a decent Hammer film which will maintain your interest for its relatively short length. The fact that it really has nothing to do with Dracula doesn't matter. Its reasonably well written and acted, although occasionally there were a few wooden moments.

Whats most interesting is the levels of violence and sex in the film. Originally this would have been an X certificate for its nudity (several topless women). However in terms of violence there is virtually none, apart from one scene where we see the result of violence (a man who has been hanged). By todays standards its very tame indeed.

However, thats not a bad thing, the story is sufficiently interesting that there doesn't need to be heads rolling all the time. Its an enjoyable way to pass 90 minutes and whilst it doesn't merit 4 stars I'd have given it 3.5 if that was possible.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars effective vampire tale., 17 Nov. 2003
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Loosely based on the real-life Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who believed that bathing in the blood of virgins would keep her young and beautiful, this is a well-made Hammer offering, starring Ingrid Pitt as the wicked lady herself. She manages to play both bad-tempered old battleaxe, stamping around her castle in black mourning, to voluptuous, predatory siren with great ease. It can also be seen as a sort of fairy-tale allegory, with the Countess getting more evil, depraved and ugly everytime she commits another murder. Sandor Eles is the poor chap who is completely taken in by her, and Nigel Green is the old family friend who has the unenviable task of trying to persuade her that it's perhaps better, when all's said and done, to grow old gracefully. For all its bath-tubs of blood and corpses tumbling out of cupboards, this is still nowhere near as sadistic and bloodthirsty as the real legend was (and the punishment for the real-life Countess was far more terrifying than being hanged, she was walled up alive in her room), and for that we should be grateful for small mercies really!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a kind of cautionary tale about a once beautiful elderly countess seeking eternal youth, 30 Aug. 2014
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a kind of cautionary tale about a once beautiful elderly countess seeking eternal youth, it's a classic; mainly because it features the stunning Ingrid Pitt in an all too brief nude scene. there are no real sex scenes in this movie, but plenty of mild erotica, it was a good yarn with a decent cast, (good acting), enjoyable and fun to watch
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good acting, good story, great a tmosphere, 5 Jan. 2011
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A version of the story of Countess Elisabeth de Bathory, in familiar Hammer style. Played by Ingrid Pitt, the lady accidentally finds that virgin blood proves a good cure for her aging wrinkles, and the maids and locsl msidens of appropriate age start to disappear. A visiting relative is due to arrive at the Castle, but is waylaid in the by a local woodsman,and is held in the woodcutter`s hut.
Aided by Caaptain Dobi (played by Crossroad`s Sandor Eles,) wwho finds a supply of virgins for the Lady`s beauty treatment, as well as playing her lover. till the escape of her neice,Leslie-Ann Down. A vintage cast of TV familiars support in great form, Nige Green, Maaurice Denham, Nigel Hawthorn,(strangely listed in the cast as `Nurse`), all directed by Peter Sasdy, play beautifully in the Gothis atmosphere. The demoument is obvious, as the story has been used in many forms, but for the money, and the acting, it`s well worth purchasingOfficial Countess Dracula Hammer Horror Film Poster Mug
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, 1 July 2014
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good movie but its not about dracula but the free book of the countess dracula is fact about her is excellent
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Hammer film, but not really horror, 19 Mar. 2014
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This film was originally released in 1971 and stars Ingrid Pitt, Lesley Anne-Down and Nigel Greene. It is based loosely on the legend of Countess Bathory, who bathed in virgins' blood in order to preserve her youth. This film, although titled Countess Dracula, has nothing at all to do with vampires or Dracula, so anyone expecting that kind of Hammer film will be very disappointed. I think that this film is very enjoyable, well-directed and has mostly excellent acting and any Hammer fan should be pleased with this. I would not regard it as a true horror film, though, because there is virtually no violence or horror in it and I would guess that the now 18 certificate comes purely from the scenes of nudity in the film. This is more of a period drama about Bathory, rather than a gory Hammer Horror. I would still recommend it, though not necessarily to horror fans. It is still better than some of the other films that Hammer were releasing at that time, though. Three stars from me, because it is worth seeing, but not really a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Countess Dracula (1970) DVD, 4 Mar. 2014
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Mr. R. Anthony "Ray Anthony" (Bristol, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I am very pleased to add this excellent example of the 'vampire movie genre' to my collection starring the 'Queen of Horror', the gorgeous and talented Ingrid Pitt. This is a very good quality produced DVD of a film that stands the test of time and is surely a must for all those who like that type of film.
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