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Countess Dracula / The Vampire Lovers (1972)

Ingrid Pitt , Nigel Green , Peter Sasdy , Roy Ward Baker  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier
  • Directors: Peter Sasdy, Roy Ward Baker
  • Writers: Peter Sasdy, Alexander Paal, Gabriel Ronay, Harry Fine, Jeremy Paul
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PY48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Countess Dracula / The Vampire Lovers" on IMDb

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  • Countess Dracula: 1.66 letterbox
  • The Vampire Lovers: 1.85 anamorphic

Editorial Reviews

Polish-born actress Ingrid Pitt's erotically supercharged presence is the highlight of this double bill of vampire chills from Hammer Films. In Countess Dracula, Pitt stars as an aging noblewoman (inspired by the real-life Erzebeth Bathory) who discovers the secret to eternal youth in the veins of young virgins, while in The Vampire Lovers (based on J. Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla"), Pitt's sensuous bloodsucker seduces Hammer starlets Madeleine Smith and Kate O'Mara and incurs the vengeful wrath of Peter Cushing. Countess is the more sober of the two films, with Jeremy Paul's script and Peter Sadsy's direction playing out more like an Old Dark House mystery than Hammer horror, while Lovers' aims for comic-book thrills with plenty of nudity and violence (much of which was trimmed from the American version, but reinstated here); in both cases, Pitt's sexy/scary performances make this DVD a memorably viewing experience for vintage and new-school horror fans alike. --Paul Gaita

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pair! September 5, 2003
My hat is off to the folks at MGM/UA for this fabulous pair-of films, that is, on this DVD. Luscious, Polish-born Ingrid Pitt scored a triple home run in 1970, appearing in 3 entertaining horror films, "The Vampire Lovers", "Countess Dracula", and "The House That Dripped Blood". Ms. Pitt had lived through real-life horror, having been born in a Nazi concentration camp. Hammer executive James Carreras was charmed by Ms. Pitt (they met at a dinner party), and cast her as Carmilla in "The Vampire Lovers", based on Sheridan leFanu's famed vampire novella. To be brief, the story is about Countess Mircalla Karnstein, (she uses her name as an anagram, i.e. Marcilla and Carmilla),undead for 250 years, who ingratiates herself into various households, and preys upon the young daughters of her hosts. The film, directed by Roy Ward Baker, follows the book fairly closely, though Ms. Pitt's Carmilla is not the morose, wan girl as depicted by leFanu. Pitt's Carmilla is a worldly, enticing, and very sexy woman. She is also a voracious predator, and does not discriminate. Men and women, especially women, are all fair game to her! The film plays up the lesbian angle of the story, and Ms. Pitt's gorgeous figure is displayed to great advantage. Her husky, "continental" accent and style make a great contrast to the "English roses" of Madeline Smith and Pippa Steel. Hammer great Peter Cushing lends his usual fine presence to the film, as well as a young Jon Finch, Ferdy Mane, Kate O'Mara, and Dawn Addams as "The Countess", working a hairdo that would fit right in with the B52s! My only real gripe about this film is the women's hairdos, which date the film "big time". The women look like escapees from "Love American Style", with the exception of O'Mara's accurate Regency-style hairdo. Read more ›
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY, Bathtime FUN With Ingrid Pitt!!! February 3, 2004
Being a self described Hammer fan, I must say that these two films are top notch later Hammer productions. Countess Dracula really doesn't have anything to do with DRACULA or VAMPIRES as an aging noblewoman finds the secret to eternal youth by bathing in the blood drained from virgins in the noblewoman's kingdom. No FANGS, no crosses, no stakes or drinking of blood- just bloody bathtime fun with Ingrid Pitt! The Vampire Lovers film (better of the two) with REAL vampire/dracula references and lots of weird lesbianism goin' on between Ingrid Pitt & the other young, nubile, (& unfortunate) women victims in the film. I would definitely recommend both films to anyone who likes classic horror and/or vampire tales...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent in every way!!!! September 3, 2003
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MGM has done an amazing job of remastering these great films from 1970. These two films belong to the era when Hammer Films was trying to update their image by featuring nudity and more violence in their films. Both of them star sexy, enigmatic Ingrid Pitt. "Vampire Lovers" is the superior movie with good suspense sequences, very sexy scenes with Ingrid and Madeline Smith and a great cameo by the wonderful Peter Cushing. The transfer on this movies is amazing. It has never looked so good. It also restores a deleted scene cut by AIP that features full frontal nudity by Ingrid Pitt.
"Countess Dracula" is also a good Hammer Film. It is loosely based on the legendary Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory. It is less explicit both in terms of violence and nudity. It could easily carry a PG-13 rating today. It's worth seeing for some great supporting actors including a very young Leslie Ann-Down. The sets are very lavish for Hammer standards since they were left over from "Anne of a Thousand Days".
The DVD features some very interesting commentaries by directors and scrrenwriters. I'm usually bored by these commentaries, but I wasn't by the ones here.
This DVD is a true Hammer lover's dream and for such a low price!!!!!! Thank you, MGM!!!!!!!!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Dose of Ingrid Pitt October 27, 2003
Two wonderful Hammer films with a vampire theme.
Countess Dracula is not really about a vampire, but a retelling of Countess Bathory and the legend that she killed virgins so that she could bathe in their blood. In this story, the Countess accidently discovers the rejuvenating powers of blood. As she switches between crone and beauty, she must deal with court intrigue, lovers, suspicions and loyalty. Although the box claims this movie is rated PG, there is plenty of nudity.
The Vampire Lovers is a retelling of Sheridan Le Fanu's classic lesbian vampire tale Carmilla. Ingrid Pitt plays a vampire who keeps getting invited to stay at estates where she can prey on young daughters. Nicely told but with a few gaps in the story. We find out Carmilla's origin but who are her mother and the gentleman in black? Other than these two lapses, the rest of the story is beautifully done and I loved seeing how modern science slowly step out of the way of the occult.
Two nicely-done thrillers with beautiful sets and costumes (these are Hammer films after all) as well as decent casting. Good viewing fare for vampire film fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers September 2, 2003
By Don
These two long awaited MGM titles come to DVD at last in a nicely rendered double bill that should please most Hammer Horror fans. The first, 'Countess Dracula' gives us Ingrid Pitt in her second starring role for Hammer as Countess Erzebet Bathory an Hungarian noblewoman with a bent for bathing in virgins blood. Based loosely on Valentine Penrose's rather prosaic book The Bloody Countess, the film is lush to look at (aparently benefitting from sets left over from Anne of a Thousand Days)and competently acted. Sadly it is the weaker of the two, suffering from a draggy script and some inappropriate overdubbing. One would have thought that Ms Pitt's accent would have been just right for the character but instead we are tortured with the breathy and unsubtle vocals of an insipid teenage girl. It is a credit to Ms Pitt that this post production tampering doesn't sink her performance into self parody. The commentary is enlightening and I have to agree with Ms Pitt- the film could have been much more than the sum of its parts. Ultimately the script reduces itself to the level of a dull sex driven pulp romance masquerading as an historical tract and would have been far more interesting had it chosen instead to explore The Bloody Countess' recorded atrocities. It is also horribly painful to hear Peter Sasdy shoot Ms Pitt down in the final discussion near the closing credits. Much better and what should be the real A side of this DVD is 'The Vampire Lovers', made earlier the same year and co-financed by American International. This film gives us Ingrid Pitt in her seminal performance as the vampire Carmilla, invading the households of the local gentry to decimate their daughters and revenge the execution of her undead relatives at the hand of Joachim von Hartog. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great buy
Published 26 days ago by Gregory Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Both very good stories, recommend it for Vamp fans
Published 2 months ago by Ron Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Ingrid delight
Two smashing movies from our lovely late friend Ingrid Pitt. She always worked her socks off (literally as well as figureatively!) to put in an unearthly performance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hattie Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty's siin deep, bad goes to the bone!
If you are an Ingrid Pitt fan you'll love this double feature if not you'll become one. Vampire Lovers is a tale of sex, seduction and ultimately death. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. J. Esposito
4.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
Wanted old fashioned vampire movies but didn't realize I was going to get vampire movies that had nudity to them and in one of them was more or less a lesbian vampire. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sharon
3.0 out of 5 stars BETER THAN A TWO, BUT NOT QUITE A 4 OR 5!
There is a certain degree of eroticism to any vampire movie, but in the case of both Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers, it was a tad overused. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David C. McMunn
4.0 out of 5 stars England's Legendary Hammer Horror.
Viewed: 4/13
Rate: 7

4/13: A lot of Hammer Horror films is not well made, but Countess Dracula is the exception among the bunch. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Austin Somlo
1.0 out of 5 stars countless dracula bites
poor plot; poor action; less scary than the brain that wouldn't die.; ridiculous characters; poor dialogue; waste of time; great big razzie
Published 17 months ago by john
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic B Horror Film
If you enjoy the old British B horror films then this double set is a must. Just don't expect it to follow the story by Sheridan La Fanu closely.
Published 21 months ago by erin k.
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming in 2013 from Synapse Films and Scream Factory
I have yet to see either of these movies, but wanted to give everyone a heads up that Synapse Films now has the rights to Countess Dracula and Scream Factory (the horror branch of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by K-Fleet
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Bring back this DVD!!!!
I would gladly have purchased each of these films individually. Together it is irresistible!
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