Director - Peter Sasdy, Screenplay - Jeremy Paul, Story - Sasdy &
Alexander Paal, Idea - Gabriel Ronay, Producer - Paal, Photography -
Ken Talbot, Music - Harry Robinson, Special Effects - Bert Luxford,
Makeup - Tom Smith, Art Direction - Philip Harrison. Production
Company - Hammer. 1970.
Ingrid Pitt (Countess Elisabeth Nodosheen, Nigel Green (Captain Dobi),
Sandor Eles (Imre Toth), Maurice Denham (Master Fabio), Patience Collier
(Julia), Lesley Anne Down (Ilona)
When the aging Countess Nonodsheen strikes one of her maids for being
clumsy, causing her to cut herelf with a knife, the maidís blood spatters
the countessís cheek, and she discovers when she wipes it away that
the skin beneath is youthful and fresh again. Killing the girl and
bathing in her blood, she is able to regain her youth. She then sets
about pursuing the handsome Imre Toth. She has her daughter Ilona
kidnapped and imprisoned so that she can pose as her and marry Imre
Toth. However keeping her youth is a process that needs a constant
infusion of fresh blood.
Soon the villagers become alarmed when several young women disappear or
turn up dead, drained of blood. An investigation leads to Countess
Nodosheen, and bodies of many of the young woman who have disappeared
are found hidden in her castle. When the Countess and Imre Toth are about
to be married, she suddenly ages and in a fit of rage upon seeing
her freed daughter, kills Toth by mistake. The Countess is imprisoned for the rest of her
life in her castle and the women in the village call her "Countess Dracula.".