|Directed by:||Peter Sasdy|
|Written by:||Jeremy Paul; Alexander Paal; Peter Sasdy|
|Produced by:||Alexander Paal|
|Music by:||Harry Robinson|
|Edited by:||Henry Richardson|
|Distributed by:||Hammer Film Productions|
|Released:||January 31st, 1971 |
|Running time:||93 min.|
Countess Bathory is a British horror film of the Gothic vampire subgenre. It is inspired by the historical figure of Elizabeth Bathory who, while not actually a vampire, committed atrocities that earned her the sobriquet, "The Blood Countess". Countess Bathory was directed by Peter Sasdy with a screenplay written by Jeremy Paul based on a story treatment by Sasdy and Alexander Paal, which in turn was inspired by an idea by Gabriel Ronay and loosely based on a book by Valentine Penrose. The film was produced by Hammer Film Productions and premiered in the United Kingdom on January 31st, 1971.
The film stars Ingrid Pitt as 17th century Hungarian countess Elisabeth Nádasdy, aka "Countess Dracula". The movie also stars Nigel Green as the castle steward, Captain Dobi, Patience Collier as Elisabeth's maidservant Julie Sentash, and Sandor Elès as Lieutenant Imre Toth.
|Ingrid Pitt||Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy|
|Nigel Green||Captain Dobi|
|Sandor Elès||Lieutenant Imre Toth|
|Maurice Denham||Master Fabio|
|Patience Collier||Julie Sentash|
|Peter Jeffrey||Captain Balogh|
|Lesley-Anne Down||Ilona Nádasdy|
|Leon Lissek||Sergeant of Bailiffs|
|Jessie Evans||Rosa, Teri's mother|
|Susan Brodrick||Teri, chambermaid|
|Ian Trigger||Clown a the Shepherd's Inn|
|Nike Arrighi||Fortune telling gypsy girl|
|Peter May||Janco the mute gamekeeper|
|Joan Haythorne||Second cook|
|Marianne Stone||Kitchen maid|
|Charles Farrell||The seller|
|Sally Adcock||Bertha, the goat girl|
|Anne Stallybrass||Pregnant woman|
|Michael Cadman||Young man|
|Hulya Babus||Belly dancer at the Shepherd's Inn|
|Lesley Anderson||Gypsy dancer with circus|
|Biddy Hearne||Gypsy dancer with circus|
|Diana Sawday||Gypsy dancer with circus|
|Andrew Burleigh||1st boy|
|Gary Rich||2nd boy|
|Albert Wilkinson||Circus midget|
|Ismed Hassan||Circus midget|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- Countess Dracula (1971) redirects to this page. This film is alternatively known as La condesa Drácula in Spanish, which also redirects to this page.
- Countess Dracula is a stand-alone film, which does not share continuity with any other Dracula film, or any other film in the Hammer Horror library.
- The tagline for this film is "Her macabre and bloody quest for eternal youth".
- Countess Dracula was released as a Blu-ray and DVD combo-pack by Synapse Films on May 6th, 2014. It includes audio commentary with actress Ingrid Pitt, director Peter Sasdy, screenwriter Jeremy Paul and author Jonathan Sothcott. 
- The film was also released on DVD in Region 1 format, packaged along with The Vampire Lovers as part of its "Midnite Movies" series. The double-feature was released on August 26th, 2003. 
- Actress Olive Gregg provided the voice for Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy, but is uncredited for her participation in this film.
- There are a total of thirty credited cast members in this film.
- This is Peter Sasdy's third horror film as a director. He also directed Taste the Blood of Dracula in 1970, and Hands of the Ripper in 1971.
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