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Bathory (2008)

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The infamous Countess Erzsebet Bathory, who is said to have maintained youth and beauty into her old age by bathing in the blood of virgins, has her life story told in a more balanced but still provocative manner in this grand-scale historical drama. Bathory, played by Anna Freil, is portrayed in three important episodes from her life. Bathory falls in love with the legendary artist Caravaggio (Hans Matheson) and attempts to win his heart, which doesn't much amuse her husband Ferenc Nadasy (Vincent Regan). Later, Bathory becomes close friends with Darvulia (Deana Jakubiskova), a woman said to have remarkable healing powers, as observers remark upon Bathory's beauty which seems impervious to the passage of time or the stress of her life. And after the death of her husband, Bathory rises to a position of political power in Hungary, as Palatine Thurzo (Karel Roden) leads a plot to scuttle her ambitions. Bathory also features Bolek Polivka as a monk who narrates the countess's remarkable story. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Anna Friel
as Countess Elizabeth Bathory
Franco Nero
as King Mathias II
Hans Matheson
as Merisi Caravaggio
Karel Roden
as Gyorgy Thurzo
Vincent Regan
as Ferenc Nadasdy
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Critic Reviews for Bathory

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

More of a cinematic curiosity than true blockbuster material, despite its scale.

Full Review… | August 20, 2008
Variety
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Plays out more like a Monty Python comedy than a serious drama, with a subplot involving roller-skating friar-detectives that makes this already turgid 140-minute bore seem a whole lot longer.

Full Review… | December 2, 2010
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Bathory

An interesting view of the life of Countess Ezsebet Bathory "The Countess of Blood" who is most known as the most notorious female serial killer of all-time (rumored to have killed thousands of women during her reign to bathe in their blood to maintain her youth. This version of the countesses life is more balanced and yet nonetheless speculation as to what was real concerning the rumors of murders. Anna Friel gives an impressive performance of the imbalanced countess and the movie though grand in scale is unable to really be more than an average yet interesting take on one of history largest mass murderess.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

It may not be what you think it is about, but that's okay because I like that it's an opinionated scam of a historical film that tries to be good.

Jessica Harris
Jessica Harris

Plays out more like a Monty Python comedy than a serious drama, with a subplot involving roller-skating friar-detectives that makes this already turgid 140-minute bore seem a whole lot longer.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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