Monday, August 16, 2010
Release date: 2008
More vampire madness from Donald F Glut, hot on the heels of The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula and Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood. Once more a genre staple is used. In this case Erzsébet Báthory, anglicized to Elizabeth Bathory (Monique Parent, Blood Thirsty). A blurb at the head of the film suggests this is based on a true story, then explains that it is historical fact that Bathory killed 300 women (though, to be honest, the jury is out on that one) and the rest is speculation.
The speculation includes the idea that Vlad Dracula (reprised by Tony Clay) decide to merge the bloodlines and married Elizabeth – so actually using the “Countess Dracula” label with this movie would have been accurate for once! Anyway as the film starts Elizabeth arrives at the (Los Angeles) castle but cannot find Vlad anywhere.
Vampires Vs Zombies, Skeleton Key and Expendable) is working late. A mummy’s sarcophagus opens and the mummy (Bruce Barlow, Waxwork) comes to life. As it leaves the room alarms go off and Foran only finds a discarded piece of wrapping. Glut has done several mummy films as well as the vampire films and this sees a merging of those ‘franchises’.
There is not a lot of lore in this that differs from the other two films beyond the Egyptian additions I just mentioned. Interestingly Bathory becomes immune to the effects of the cross as she has dedicated herself to an older religion and thus the trappings of Christianity mean nothing to her.
3 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.