AKA: Bathory: Countess of Blood
Directed by: Juraj Jakubisko
Starring: Anna Friel, Karel Roden, Hans Matheson, Vincent Regan, Franco Nero
Country: Hungary, Czech, Slovakia, Europe
Language: English (English subtitles)
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Serial Killers, Based on a True Story
Plot – Spoilers:
Based on the historical character, Elizabeth Bathory, who lived in the 16th and 17th centuries and was a Countess in the Kingdom of Hungary. Her reign included parts of modern Slovakia and Czech Republic, where a lot of this movie was shot.
Elizabeth Bathory is one of the most notorious yet enchanting figures in history. She was tried and imprisoned for allegedly torturing and murdering hundreds of virgin maidens. It was alleged that she bathed in their blood in the hope of obtaining a son and everlasting youthful beauty.
Bathory: Countess of Blood is a slightly sympathetic take on the character and points towards the allegations having their source in politics and other noblemen wanting to take over her vast wealth and property.
Obviously, the short scene where Anna Friel lies sexually satisfied in a tub of blood is beautifully shot. There are also a number of scenes involving blood splattered bodies that are part of Bathory’s hallucinations/reality.