Bathory: Countess of Blood Newly Released on Popcornflix
Bathory: Countess of Blood Film Details:
Director: Juraj Jakubisko
Writer: Juraj Jakubisko, John Paul Chapple
Release Date: July 10, 2008
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Horror Sub-Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy
It’s important to note that not all people enjoy chocolate hearts and teddy bears on Valentine’s. Some people, let’s say, would prefer their red…. Before the days of Twilight and the obsession with cannibalistic vampires began, there was Erzsébet Bathory, a Hungarian countess. After an incident in her underground hospital that left Bathory poisoned, the local witch, Darvulia, saved Bathory, but only for a price. Darvulia will grant Bathory a life of eternal beauty if she were to sacrifice her reputation and love, first. Of course when Bathory is seen bathing in tubs of red liquid, with buried corpses found nearby, people understandably start to get suspicious. We’re not ones to judge, but it kind of looks like Bathory is taking gluten free to an entirely new level.
(Editor’s note: This film review is part 1 of 6 films newly released on Popcornflix. The Best Horror Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day.)
“Bathory: Countess of Blood” released on Popcornflix. This film is inspired by the infamous Erzsebet Bathory, whom people have come to know as “The Blood Countess”. Bathory was born in Transylvania, into one of the most noble and wealthiest families. She married Count Ferenc Nadasdy at the young age of 14. However, Count Ferenc was very frequently away at war. Bathory was alone at home, bored, waiting for her husband to come home, so she found a way to “entertain” her boredom.
Bathory spent a lot of time with Merisi Caravaggio, whom she made her slave. However, spending so much time with Caravaggio also made her fall in love with him. This newfound love was short-lived, however. Shortly following Count Nadasdy’s death, Bathory began to commit heinous crimes on young women servants, including beating them, torturing them in brutal ways, and killing them. She also bathed in their blood because she believed that the blood of young women would keep her youthful. Hence, the nickname “The Blood Countess”.
Plot: “Bathory: The Countess of Blood” starts with a great plot. It’s inspired by one of my favorite criminals, Erzsebet Bathory, who was known as the Blood Countess for good reason.
Practical Effects: The makeup, costumes, and picture of “Bathory: The Countess of Blood” were good and complemented the time and era very well. The architecture of the castle was very well portrayed.
Scare Factor: I don’t think “Bathory: Countess of Blood” was intentionally made to be a horror movie, however, more-so a dark exploitive-fantasy movie. This is clear when you see Bathory conduct her heinous crimes, on what appears to be more sexual fantasies than anything.
Viewing Experience: Director Juraj Jakubisko did not do so well in directing “Bathory: The Countess of Blood”. The film is very slowly developed. The film dragged along painfully.
Side note: The video quality and playback on the Popcornflix site was poor. I experienced a lot of cutting to ad commercials and constant freezing and buffering.
- 0-10 Avoid
- 11-20- Mediocre
- 21-30 -Good
- 31-40 – Average
- 41-50- Decent
- 51-60 – Stunning
- 71-80 – Must See
- 81-90 – Amazing
- 91-100 – Impressive