1970 Countess Dracula

Countess Dracula - 1970

A Hammer production released by the Rank Organisation 

Copyright MCMLXX Hammer film Productions Ltd, - All rights reserved

MPAA Approved Certificate No. 22873

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character, or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound System 

Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England

Eastmancolor 93 mins 

Storyline

In 18th century Hungary, the recently widowed Countess Elizabeth Nadasdy is an aged, embittered crone. After her husband's funeral and the reading of his will, which is not entirely to her advantage, she prepares for bed, not in the best of moods. She loses her temper with a servant girl and lashes out at her, drawing blood which splashes on to her face. Later, the Countess can hardly believe her eyes - the area of skin spattered by the girl's blood has lost all signs of ageing and now appears smooth and young. It is the prelude to the horrifying blood bath to come, as the old woman, becoming increasingly unbalanced, strives to regain and retain her lost beauty and youth.

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Crew

Art Director Philip Harrison
Editor Henry Richardson
Production Manager Christopher Sutton
Assistant Director Ariel Levy
Sound Recordist Kevin Sutton
Sound Editor Al Streeter
Continuity Gladys Goldsmith
Make-up Supervisor Tom Smith
Hairdressing Supervisor Pat McDermot
Wardrobe Master Brian Owen-Smith
Construction Manager Arthur Banks
Dubbing Mixer Ken Barker
Costume Designer Raymond Hughes
Special Effects Bert Luxford
Choreographer Mia Nardi
Camera Operator Ben Withers
Director of Photography Ken Talbot, BSc
Music Composed by Harry Robinson
Musical Supervisor Philip Martell
Screenplay by Jeremy Paul
Story by Alexander Paal and Peter Sasdy
Based on an idea by Gabriel Ronay
Produced by Alexander Paal
Directed by Peter Sasdy

Cast

Countess Elizabeth Nadasdy Ingrid Pitt
Captain Dobi Nigel Green
Imre Toth Sandor Eless
Master Fabio Maurice Denham
Ilona Nadasdy Lesley-Anne Down
Julia (the Nanny) Patience Collier
Captain Balogh Peter Jeffrey
Ziza Andrea Lawrence
Sergeant of Bailiffs Leon Lissek
Rosa Jessie Evans
Teri Susan Brodrick
Clown Ian Trigger
Gypsy Girl NIKE ARRIGHI
Janco Peter May
Priest John Moore
Second Cook Joan Haythorne
Kitchen Maid Marianne Stone
The Seller Charles Farrell
Bertha Sally Adcock
Pregnant Woman Anne Stallybrass
Man Paddy Ryan
Young Man Michael Cadman
Belly Dancer Hulya Babus
Gypsy Dancers Lesley Anderson, Biddy Hearne, Diana Sawday
1st Boy Andrew Burleigh
2nd Boy Gary Rich
Circus Midgets Albert Wilkinson, Ismed Hassan

Footnotes

Despite its pretensions to fiction in the opening credits, "Countess Dracula" may have its roots in fact, being based on the legend of a certain 17th century Hungarian noblewoman called Elisabeth Bathory.
 Alexander Paal had previously co-produced (with Michael Carreras) two films for Hammer, "Mantrap" (1952) and "Four-Sided Triangle" (1953).

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection