Release date: 2009
Over 2008 and 2009 there were two serious productions concerning Countess Erzsébet Báthory (in this played by Julie Delpy) – this one, obviously as I mention it, and Bathory.
Bathory received an honourable mention, whilst it mentioned vampires in passing it took the premise that Báthory was innocent and framed. This does not take that premise, though there is a degree of framing for political/monetary gain she is guilty of the crimes she is accused of. There is only an oblique reference to vampirism – which I’ll mention in review – and so there is no mystical rejuvenation ala Countess Dracula but there is a belief that the blood is making her younger. I, however, get ahead of myself.
|Ferenc and Erzsébet's wedding|
|Anamaria Marnica as Darvulia|
|Sebastian Blomberg as Vizakna|
|what Erzsébet sees...|
|post blood delusions|
The acting is all top notch and, unlike its contemporary 'Bathory', there are no silly monks with James bond type gadgets. I couldn’t help but think, however, that where Bathory was a little too long this was a tad short. Perhaps a little more of her early life was needed, maybe something of her relationship with Darvulia needed exploring. Gore hounds will be disappointed at the lack of gore but over all this was a satisfying piece.
6.5 out of 10. The imdb page is here.