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Countess Dracula (1971)





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Polish actress Ingrid Pitt became a cult figure for her portrayal of the notorious Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory in this Hammer horror film. Bathory finds that bathing in the blood of virgins restores her youthful beauty, and she enlists her servant (Nigel Green in a standout performance) to kidnap her own daughter, Ilona (Lesley-Anne Down). Bathory assumes Ilona's identity to seduce a young man (Sandor Eles), but without a supply of blood, she turns old in a hurry. The real Bathory had no such problems, reportedly slaughtering over 600 young girls before being sealed alive in her room. Pitt and Green are excellent, although director Peter Sasdy -- who helped adapt this story from Valentine Penrose's book The Bloody Countess -- moves the story along at a rather leisurely pace. Still, the performances and typically sumptuous "Hammer look" should make this film appealing to fans of historical horror. Maurice Denham, Patience Collier, and Nike Arrighi co-star. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror
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Written By: Jeremy Paul
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20th Century Fox


Ingrid Pitt
as Countess Elizabeth N...
Nigel Green
as Capt. Dobi
Sandor Elès
as Imre Toth
Maurice Denham
as Master Fabio
Peter Jeffrey
as Capt. Balogh
Leon Lissek
as Sergeant
John Moore
as Priest
Joan Haythorne
as Second Cook
Marianne Stone
as Kitchen Maid
Anne Stallybrass
as Pregnant Woman
Albert Wilkinson
as Circus Midget
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Critic Reviews for Countess Dracula

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Basics are covered well by Sasdy, who delivers an interesting take on this devil's pact plot, wisely emphasizing Pitt's allure, his cinematic weapon that gives Countess Dracula the bite it deserves.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014

There's barely enough material here to fill a 22-minute episode of The Twilight Zone, let alone a full-length movie.

Full Review… | August 20, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

It's a Hammer production, so you know what to expect (or you should!).

Full Review… | August 6, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Countess Dracula

A very poor version of Countess Elizabeth Bethory.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


One of the best Hammer horror films in my opinion.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer


Hammer films compelling period piece horror drama concerning the aging Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy, played brilliantly by the late great Ingrid Pitt, who after the death of her husband is left in sole possession of her great estate. No longer able to seduce young men, the old woman grows jealous and discontented; until she accidentally discovers that she can restore her youth and beauty by bathing in the blood of virgin girls. The effect is only temporary, and regular blood baths are required to stay in her youthful state, it begins to require ever more young victims and the trail or bloodless corpses is beginning to arouse suspicion. Fine direction by Peter Sasdy, with solid supporting performances from Nigel Green, Sandor Eles, Maurice Denham, Lesley-Anne Down, Patience Collier, and Peter Jeffrey. Ornate and exquisitely detailed costumes and settings; contributing to a rich-looking production that totally disguises the film's low-budget. A captivating motion picture. Highly Recommended.

Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer

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