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Countess Dracula (1971)

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Status: In Release

Category: Film

Release date: January 31, 1971 (UK - Theatrical)

Genre: Gothic Horror

Country of origin: UK

Language: English

Running time: 93 mins

Directed by: Peter Sasdy

Written by: Alexander Paul, Peter Sasdy, Gabriel Ronay

Produced by: Alexander Paul

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Based on the true story of Elisabeth Bathory, the eighteenth-century Transylvanian Countess who indulged herself in an orgy of murder and vampirism before before being walled up in her room by the authorities. The ageing Countess Dracula discovers by accident that the blood of young virgins has an unnatural restorative effect on her celebrated beauty. Years later, she becomes engaged to a handsome young Hussar and is forced to repeat vile atrocities with ever-increasing regularity to hold off old age. On her wedding day, her past catches up with her, and she ages through many years in a few dreadful moments.


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27 Oct 2011, 12:57pm

Possibly the first Hammer film I ever saw. I remember recording it on my parent's clunky old Ferguson VHS video recorder and watching it (and Twins Of Evil which was televised around the same time) to death.