#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Hungary, XVII century. After being widowed, the old countess Elizabeth Nádasdy, of the Báthory lineage, fortunately discovers a way to become young again; but the price to be paid by those around her will be high and bloody.
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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
Hammer’s Gothic drama/horror based on the infamous Countess Bathory
RELEASED IN 1971-1972 and directed by Peter Sasdy, “Countess Dracula” chronicles events in medieval Hungary where the aging Countess Elisabeth (Ingrid Pitt) cruelly reigns with her Steward, Captain Dobi (Nigel Green). She discovers that washing in the blood of maidens makes her youthful and orders her servants to apprehend victims. Pretending to be her daughter, Ilona, the Countess seeks the affections of a young Lieutenant, Imre Toth (Sandor Elès). Maurice Denham plays the wise old scribe of the castle, Master Fabio, while Lesley-Anne Down appears as the real Ilona, held captive by a mute peasant.
The real Elizabeth Báthory lived in Čachtice Castle, which was surrounded by a village and crop lands (and still is), bordered by bluffs of the Little Carpathians in Hungary. Her chief servant was into witchcraft and encouraged Bathory in her diabolic endeavors. Patience Collier plays this role in the movie, but she’s not a witch.
More than 300 witnesses testified to Bathory’s atrocities with Priests, noblemen and commoners being questioned. Her crimes included cruel beatings, burning of hands, mutilation, biting the flesh off of faces, as wells as limbs and other body parts, freezing to death or starving. Her early targets were serving girls 10-14 years old, the kin of local peasants, who were usually lured to the castle as well-paid servants. She later was said to have apprehended daughters of the lesser nobility, which was the beginning of the end.
In those times Hungarian nobles were allowed to reprove their servants by whatever means they saw fit, even death, and were not reprimanded for it, which obviously facilitated Bathory’s offenses. Three of four of her closest servants were executed and she was under house arrest limited to one room the last four years of her life. She died at 54 in 1614. While some argue that she was politically set-up, and that’s always a possibility, there’s just too much documentation verifying her crimes to dismiss them. The incredible number of her victims (650) is probably exaggerated and the bathing-in-blood angle is likely just lore emerging well after her death.
The film’s cheesy title is figurative because there’s no vampirism; “Dracula” was a hot item at the time and producers simply hoped to capitalize on the name. Yet there is the supernatural element of becoming young & beautiful again. It’s an engaging theme because most aging women (and men) long to restore the beauty of their prime. Have you ever seen a woman in her late 50s or whatever acting like she’s a college girl on spring break? It’s pathetic.
In any case, this is a quasi-historical drama with gothic horror. I love the castle & sets, the costumes and torch-lit hallways. It brings to life the late/post Medieval Age. Some parts are predictable (e.g. the outcome of the closing wedding), but the story is compelling and gives you a good taste of feudal life in central Europe back then.
On a side note, Lesley-Anne Down was one of the most beautiful women to walk the earth in the 70s-90s and she was only around 16.5 years-old during shooting. While her screen time is scant in the first two acts, she comes to the fore in the final act and is definitely a highlight.
THE MOVIE RUNS 1 hour, 33 minutes and was shot in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England. WRITERS: Jeremy Paul (screenplay) and Alexander Paal (story) inspired by Valentine Penrose’s book “The Bloody Countess: Atrocities of Erzsébet Báthory.”
Despite having heard about her for years,I have somehow never caught a glimpse of Ingrid Pitt,which led to me deciding that it was time to meet the Countess.
View on the film:
Filmed on sets originally built for Anne of the Thousand Days,co- writer/(along with Jeremy Paul/ Alexander Paal & Gabriel Ronay) director Peter Sasdy and cinematographer Kenneth Talbot use restrained tracking shots to show the decaying walls of Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy’s palace,with Sasdy also using very stylish reflective flames to show the pit that Elisabeth is placing herself in.
Taking inspiration from Valentine Penrose’s book The Bloody Countess,the screenplay attempts to cross Hammer Horror chills with elegant Costume Drama.
Whilst the movie does well at continuing the studios major theme of the rich being the real monsters,the writers fail to build any sense of terror,due to any Horror edges being filed down by a disappointingly plodding Costume Drama elements.
Despite getting her voiced dubbed over by Olive Gregg, (which led to her never talking to Sasdy again)the alluring Ingrid Pitt gives a wonderful performance as Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy,with Pitt creating a deep contrast between the “young” & old (which involved Pitt having to spend 3 hours getting the impressive make up effects on) Elisabeth,thanks to Pitt showing old Elisabeth to be a burnt out, psychotic witch,who tries to keep her old dark blood lust under wraps by transforming into a glamorous beauty,which leads to Elisabeth becoming a murderous youth in revolt.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Director Peter Sasdy
Writer Jeremy Paul, Alexander Paal, Peter Sasdy
Actors Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses (uncredited)
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (uncredited), Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (uncredited)
Film Length 2,550 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm