Countess Dracula (1971)

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When I was a wee lad, well maybe a not-so-wee six footer of 14 to 15, back in the early 1970s, I used to sneak into my local Odeon, hoping my recently broken voice would not give me away as I asked for an adult ticket for the Saturday late night horror double bill.

Hammer’s Countess Dracula (1971), which has just been reissued on Blu-Ray by our good friends at Network Distributing as part of their British Film series, was one of those movies, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to become reacquainted with the wicked Countess Elisabeth Nasdasdy. Building upon her Hammer debut as Carmilla in 1970’s The Vampire Lovers, Ingrid Pitt stars as the aged Hungarian noble who discovers that bathing in the blood of virgins restores her youth.

The story is based upon the legends surrounding the real life Countess…

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