As the 1960’s drew to a close and the 70’s began, horror films became more violent and more overtly sexual. Seeing this trend Hammer Films upped their game and started to produce more violent and more explicit pictutres compared to their previous output. Countess Dracula is one of those films.
A widowed Countess discovers that her youth and sexual appetite can be saved (for a time) by bathing in the blood of young women. The Countess has a partner in crime for this and another young lover as her ‘bit on the side’. She takes the identity of her own ‘daughter’ to deflect suspicions and the killing continues.
Based on the age old tale of Elizabeth Bathory, Countess Dracula is old school Hammer (blood and boobs) with the central role played incredibly well by the late (dubbed) Ingrid Pitt. It’s all very atmospheric and well made by Peter Sasdy and is well worth adding to your horror collection. The film is also one of the few Hammer’s to remain as an 18 Certificate, some of them are now ’12’s.
- Starring Ingrid Pitt Sandor Eles Nigel Green
- Director Peter Sasdy
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