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COUNTESS DRACULA VAMPIRE LOVERS
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 GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
- Countess Dracula: 1.66 letterbox
- The Vampire Lovers: 1.85 anamorphic
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The movie is full of that trademark Hammer atmosphere and Victorian setting. This time Hammer included more edgy material and nudity and lesbianism. It was racy for the time but it is a very solid entry in Hammer's library.
Countess Dracula is Pitt playing an entirely different character. She doesn't bite or suck blood, but she bathes in the blood of virgins to restore her youth and win the heart of a young man. It's the weaker of the two movies presented here but definitely worth a look if you're into old school Hammer.
Both of these movies have since been released on blu ray and I would advise seeking out those copies as they are superior to the flipper disc in this package.
COUNTESS DRACULA I didn't see until a few years later when it played second hand at a local drive-in (I really do miss the drive-ins as I saw so many interesting films there from 1969-1975 before the X rated material took over). COUNTESS DRACULA is a totally misleading title as the title character is not a vampire and is in no way related to Dracula. She was based on a real Hungarian countess (Elisabeth Bathory) who bathed in the blood of virgins which she believed kept her looking young and fair (for a more accurate version see THE LEGEND OF BLOOD CASTLE with Ewa Aulin). Once again Pitt has a commanding presence and she is ably assited by British tough guy Nigel Green as her captain of the guard. There's even Lesley-Anne Down who appears briefly as Pitt's daughter. Hungarian Peter Sasdy's direction is atmospheric with some occasional knockout camerawork. An ideal pairing of the two big Hammer films that Ingrid Pitt made for them and on which her reputation will always rest. R.I.P. Ingrid and thanks for providing the chills and especially thrills.