Countess Elizabeth is an embittered widow who discovers by
chance that the blood of young women can restore her youth.
aid of her devoted maid, she kidnaps and kills a maidservant, making herself appear
25 years younger. She then embarks on a passionate affair with a young officer,
until she suddenly reverts to her old self ... what can she do? And who can stop
Apparently based on Countess Elizabeth Bathory, a 16th century noblewoman
who bathed in the blood of virgins.
This really is a bad
film. Struck by the Curse of Hammer, it has a weak director, poor script and solid
caste of actors - with no star among them. the real tragedy is that the story
has been stretched to 89 minutes with little depth of character and just one (feeble)
sub plot. In the 16th century, a Countess could do do pretty well as she pleased
- as the 'real' one no doubt did. So the elaborate subterfuges here amount to
no more than false suspense.
Not a vampire movie in the traditional sense;
merely a noblewoman going through the motions. And no mention of dracula until
the last 37 seconds; a weak marketing ploy, is all.
- Screenplay: Jeremy Paul
- Story: Sasdy and Alexander
Paal from an idea by Gabriel Ronay
- Producer: Paal
- Music: Harry Robinson
- Special Effects: Bert Luxford
- Art Direction: Philip Harrison
- Production Company: Hammer
- Ingrid Pitt (Countess Elizabeth Nadasdy)
- Nigel Green (Captain
- Sandor Eles (Imre Toth)
- Maurice Denham (Master Fabio)
- Lesley Anne Down (Ilona)