- Blood. The more she drinks, the prettier she gets. The prettier she gets, the thirstier she gets.
- Her macabre and bloody quest for eternal youth
- Put Heart Into Your Box Office - A Transfusion In The Right Vein
||31 January 1971
Hungary in the 16. century
Ageing Countess Elisabeth discovers by chance, that the blood of her chambermaid makes her skin look younger again. She kills her and reappears as a shining beauty.
She pretends to be her own daughter and romances young Lieutenant Toth. Captain Doby, her longtime lover, kidnaps her daughter and keeps her in prison to cover the fraud.
The blood doesn't work permanently, however, and when the rejuvenating effect wears off, the countess looks older and uglier after each bloodbath.
Once, she takes a bath in the blood of a whore. But this time it doesn't work at all. From now on she demands virgin blood.
Loosely based on the life of Hungarian Countess Erzsebeth Bathory (1560 - 1614)
Ingrid Pitt (as Countess Elisabeth Nodosheen)
Nigel Green (as Captain Dobi, the Castle Steward)
Sandor Elès (as Lieutenant Imre Toth)
Maurice Denham (as Master Fabio, the Castle Historian)
Patience Collier (as Julie Sentash, the Nurse)
Peter Jeffrey (as Captain Balogh)
Lesley-Anne Down (as Ilona Bathory, Elisabeth's Daughter)
Jessie Evans (as Rosa)
Susan Brodrick (as Chambermaid Teri / victim #1)
Nike Arrighi (as a gypsy girl / fortune teller / victim #2)
Andrea Lawrence (as whore at inn / victim #X)
Ian Trigger (as clown at inn)
Peter May (as mute gamekeeper Janco / guard at Ilona's shed)
John Moore (as a priest)
Joan Haythorne (as a cook)
Marianne Stone (as a kitchen maid)
Charles Farrell (as a virgin seller)
Sally Adcock (as Bertha)
Anne Stallybrass (as pregnant woman)
Hulya Babus ( = Hülya Babus) (as belly dancer at inn)
Lesley Anderson (as a gypsy dancer)
Biddy Hearne (as a gypsy dancer)
Diana Sawday (as a gypsy dancer)
Albert Wilkinson (as a dwarf)
Ismed Hassan (as a dwarf)
|Hammer Film Productions / The Rank Organisation