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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.
Title: Countess Dracula
Release Date: October 11, 1972
Runtime: 93 mins
All Genres: Horror
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: PG
Ingrid Pitt ...Countess Elisabeth Nodosheen
Nigel Green ...Captain Dobi the Castle Steward
Sandor Eles ...Lt. Imre Toth
Maurice Denham ...Master Fabio, Castle Historian
Patience Collier ...Julie Sentash the Nurse
Peter Jeffrey ...Captain Balogh - Chief Bailiff
Lesley Anne Down ...Ilona Nodosheen, Elisabeth's Daughter
Leon Lissek ...Sergeant of Bailiffs
Jessie Evans ...Rosa, Teri's Mother
Andrea Lawrence ...Ziza, Shepherd's Inn Whore
Susan Brodrick ...Teri the Countess Chambermaid
Ian Trigger ...Clown at the Sheperd's Inn
Nike Arrighi ...Fortune Telling Gypsy Girl
Peter May ...Janco the Mute Gamekeeper
John Moore ...Priest
Joan Haythorne ...Second Cook
Marianne Stone ...Kitchen Maid
Charles Farrell ...The Seller
Sally Adcock ...Bertha the Goat Girl
Anne Stallybrass ...Pregnant Woman
Paddy Ryan ...Man
Michael Cadman ...young Man
Hulya Babus ...Belly Dancer at the Shepherd's Inn (as Hulya...
Lesley Anderson ...Gypsy Dancer with Circus
Biddy Hearne ...Gypsy Dancer with Circus
Diana Sawday ...Gypsy Dancer with Circus
Andrew Burleigh ...1st Boy finding the Fortune Teller's Body
Gary Rich ...2nd Boy finding the Fortune Teller's Body
Albert Wilkinson ...Circus Midget
Ismed Hassan ...Circus Midget
Countess Dracula Horror Film Trailer 1
- Ingrid Pitt's voice was dubbed. Supposedly, she was so furious at director Peter Sasdy that she vowed never to speak to him again.
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.
The picture that appears behind the opening credits is an 1896 painting by Hungarian artist Istvan Csok. It shows the real Countess Bathory enjoying the torture of some young women by her servants. In an inner courtyard of one of her castles, the naked girls are being drenched with water and allowed to freeze to death in the snow.
Ingrid Pitt replaced Diana Rigg who turned the role down.
Although 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.
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