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||IMDB Rating: 6.0/10 from 2,283 votes
||Release: 29 November 1973 (Netherlands) /
||Director: Peter Sasdy,
||Stars: Andrea Lawrence, Ian Trigger, Ingrid Pitt, Jessie Evans, John Moore, Leon Lissek, Lesley-Anne Down, Maurice Denham, Nigel Green, Nike Arrighi, Patience Collier, Peter Jeffrey, Peter May, Sandor Elès, Susan Brodrick
||Synopsis: 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. Written by Jeremy Perkins <email@example.com>
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Based on true history of Hungary's early 17th Century, Countess
Elizabeth Bathory, Hammer Film's, "Countess Dracula" was meant to be
entertaining historic horror, with no aspirations towards anything more
or higher. In this entertainment aspect, regardless of lovely actress
Ingrid Pitt's considerable feminine endowments, "Countess Dracula"
succeeded. If one could fault Hammer Films for anything, it would be
its blatant inaccurate film title, which was a transparent marketing
ploy to capitalize on the studio's heretofore financially successful
vampire horror films.
Nonetheless by reading all the subsequent readers' comments herein, one
consistently encounters complaints on "Countess Dracula's" purported
shortcomings in plot, acting talent, budget, sets quality, etc., as if
the critics were evaluating a multi-million dollar budgeted aspiring
blockbuster. Hammer Films execs wanted its viewers to come away
entertained by this film. If you watched, "Countess Dracula" and came
away entertained, amused, or disturbed then everyone got someone and
should be happy.
I won't rehash old observations expounded upon in previous viewers'
comments as I have similar ones so I will offer new comments.
One or two viewers previously commented on the horrible aging makeup of
Ingrid Pitt/Countess Nodosheen. My new observation beyond this is that
in real life, the countess would not have actually looked like an aging
Bear in mind that back in circa 1600 AD, young women married at the age
of 15 or 16 and quickly bore children soon after. If my history is
correct, the real Countess Bathory married at age 16. Assuming bearing
a child at age 17, by the time the 18-year old Lesley Anne-Downe/Ilona
Nodosheen appears on scene, the movie's Countess Nodosheen should have
been only 34 or 35 years old. It would have been possible for the
early-thirties Countess Nadosheen to still have appeared relatively
attractive. Don't forget that as a wealthy aristocrat the countess
would have had a superior diet and nutrition compared to the peasants,
would not have had to work outdoors at hard labor, and had access to
far better medical service, albeit primitive as it would have been back
then. You can imagine an attractive 34 year old woman today being
sexually attracted to a handsome, 22-24 year old man, which the young
lieutenant Imre Toth was supposed to be.
Sandor Eles, the ill-fated lieutenant Imre Toth, deserves much better
treatment in his thankless role than the critics of this viewers' board
gave him. His character was not afforded that much dimension to begin
with because that is how the film's director envisioned it. Toth is a
tragic, innocent victim, and was not meant to be the film's hero
requiring cunning, nerves of steel, fighting talent, so forth. I
actually felt great sympathy for the Toth character. In the film LT
Toth is a real nice guy, of above average intelligence, but no genius,
a typical young man filled with visions of military achievement and
glory. There is no man who in the same position would not be able to
resist the attentions and sexual blandishments of a beautiful woman. We
would all fall into the same trap. That is why the Toth character
elicits sympathy. He could be any one of us normal guys.
Another observation is in line. The rejuvenated Countess Nodosheen is
supposed to look 18-19 years old. But in the film Ingrid Pitt looks
older than Sandor Eles/Imre Toth. She looks more like a woman in her
late 20's possibly already 30. I attribute that slip-up to the
director. It's no fault of Ingrid Pitt. That's how Pitt looked like
back in 1970.
One more observation. Did anyone notice that when Countess Nodosheen
regained her youth temporarily, her disposition and temperament
dramatically improved as well? As an old crone, the countess is dour
and mean-spirited. Rejuvenated to around 18 years of age, the now
pretty countess smiles a lot, laughs, tells jokes, and is generally
much better company to be around. Only twice does the connivance of the
elder countess resurface and then in a sexy, bitchy, "Dallas/Dynasty"
sort of a way. The elder/younger countess transformation, reminiscent
of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, seems to be reaching towards an allegory of
good and evil co-existing within the same person.
In my opinion, this is where the inexplicable sympathy for the Ingrid
Pitt/Countess Nodosheen character originates. If you watch "Countess
Dracula" several times as I have done, you begin to perceive something
of a Greek tragedy in the character, maybe MacBeth-like. An elderly
aristocrat falls in love with a youthful man she knows she can never
have, nor should have. But she circumvents her destiny and age by
invoking black magic and murder. The results only ultimately mock her
true age and bring misery and death to everyone around her.
Oddly, no one in "Countess Dracula" starts off evil. True, elderly
Countess Nodosheen is selfish, mean-spirited, discourteous, and
short-tempered, but she doesn't embark upon her amoral path of
self-gratification, fornication, and murder until she accidentally
discovers the "secret" of youth.
The excellent Nigel Green/Captain Dobi character doesn't start off
evil, either, despite being a true SOB. Captain Dobi actually tries his
best to dissuade the countess from her path of self-deceit and murder.
He appears to truly love the elderly countess at her present age and
appearance because they shared a love affair years ago. Captain Dobi
predicts with grim accuracy the madness and obsession the countess
would descent into should she insist on achieving and maintaining a
false appearance of youthful beauty. Captain Dobi's love for the
countess is unrequited and in the end betrayed. He allows himself to be
dragged down into the same web of deceit and heinous murder.
The countess' trusted nurse/servant, Julie, a very nice, dedicated, and
even 'good' character, descends into being an accomplice and an
'enabler'. Hence, the countess' final self-destruction ensnares all,
good and bad, around her. Tell me that this doesn't bear some passing
resemblance to a character Greek tragedy.
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, Ian Trigger
, Ingrid Pitt
, Jessie Evans
, John Moore
, Leon Lissek
, Lesley-Anne Down
, Maurice Denham
, Nigel Green
, Nike Arrighi
, Patience Collier
, Peter Jeffrey
, Peter May
, Sandor Elès
, Susan Brodrick
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