Monday, October 17, 2011
Classic Horror Films: Day 17(COUNTESS DRACULA - 1971)
Based on the legends of the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, comes this Hammer Studios Film. Hammer veteran Ingrid Pitt is cast as 17th century Countess Elisabeth Nasasdy who to keep her youthful appearance engages in bathing in the blood of young virgin women. This does not sit well with the local townfolk who are terrified of the countess and fear for their daughters. But things are going well until the Countess assumes the identity of her own daughter to marry a young suitor. And when her real daughter shows up for a visit, you can see the potential calamity. Pitt exudes so much sexual energy that she is unbelievable. Not a true vampire flick, as the countess doesn't sprout fangs and such, but still a chilling horror film from the good old days.