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Countess Dracula/The Vampire Lovers (Midnite Movies Double Feature) [Import]
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Polish-born actress Ingrid Pitt's erotically supercharged presence is the highlight of this double bill of vampire chills from Hammer Films. In Countess Dracula, Pitt stars as an aging noblewoman (inspired by the real-life Erzebeth Bathory) who discovers the secret to eternal youth in the veins of young virgins, while in The Vampire Lovers (based on J. Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla"), Pitt's sensuous bloodsucker seduces Hammer starlets Madeleine Smith and Kate O'Mara and incurs the vengeful wrath of Peter Cushing. Countess is the more sober of the two films, with Jeremy Paul's script and Peter Sadsy's direction playing out more like an Old Dark House mystery than Hammer horror, while Lovers' aims for comic-book thrills with plenty of nudity and violence (much of which was trimmed from the American version, but reinstated here); in both cases, Pitt's sexy/scary performances make this DVD a memorably viewing experience for vintage and new-school horror fans alike. --Paul Gaita
Due to the enduring cult favorite status of these films and Ingrid Pitt, MGM's double-sided DVD offers a number of extras devoted to this sensuous star. Pitt is featured in audio commentary tracks for both films; on Countess (presented here in widescreen format), she's joined by director Peter Sadsy and screenwriter Jeremy Paul, while on the anamorphic widescreen Vampire Lovers, she is featured alongside director Roy Ward Baker and scripter Tudor Gates. Both tracks are filled with a wealth of production history, though Pitt's accent and fluctuating vocals occasionally make her contributions difficult to hear. Pitt is also heard on Vampire Lovers reading excerpts from the LeFanu short story "Carmilla," on which the film is based, over a battery of production stills. The discs are rounded out by original theatrical trailers for both films and optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. --Paul Gaita
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Enjoyable.... Budget priced.... A no-miss.
One drawback : I found the movies a bit on the long side.
The truth is that the main attraction here is Pitt's countess giving herself a bloody sponge bath, but there is a rather good moment involving a hairpin that stands out in terms of the Hammer films (this DVD package was temporarily withdrawn because "Countess Dracula" was erroneously rated "PG" and you can only wonder how many children were exposed to Pitt's self ministrations). How much you like this film will have to do with what you think about the makeup job on the Countess, because she keeps bouncing back and forth.Read more ›
Countess Dracula is not really about a vampire, but a retelling of Countess Bathory and the legend that she killed virgins so that she could bathe in their blood. In this story, the Countess accidently discovers the rejuvenating powers of blood. As she switches between crone and beauty, she must deal with court intrigue, lovers, suspicions and loyalty. Although the box claims this movie is rated PG, there is plenty of nudity.
The Vampire Lovers is a retelling of Sheridan Le Fanu's classic lesbian vampire tale Carmilla. Ingrid Pitt plays a vampire who keeps getting invited to stay at estates where she can prey on young daughters. Nicely told but with a few gaps in the story. We find out Carmilla's origin but who are her mother and the gentleman in black? Other than these two lapses, the rest of the story is beautifully done and I loved seeing how modern science slowly step out of the way of the occult.
Two nicely-done thrillers with beautiful sets and costumes (these are Hammer films after all) as well as decent casting. Good viewing fare for vampire film fans.
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Anyone who enjoys the horror films from Hammer studios will be delighted with this offering.The colours are vivid and the transfer from film is sure to please all.Published on May 10 2014 by Benny Gardner
These 2 films are fun and come on a single sided disc.
Side A - Countess Dracula - 1970, 93 mins, letterbox 1. Read more
I had to order these two hammer horror films with the recent death of Ingrid Pitt and to add it to my hammer collection. Two great hammer films are here. I liked Countess Dracula. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2011 by JohnnyBGood
This double feature, of two of Ingrid Pitt's early films; in which she looked quite good, has a strange mix of horror and sex. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by M. Chlanda
MGM has done a fantastic job restoring Hammer Film "Vampire Lovers". Snippets of gore and nudity have been rightfully reinserted. Read morePublished on April 8 2004
Being a self described Hammer fan, I must say that these two films are top notch later Hammer productions. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Sheila Chilcote-Collins
There's something that the delirious Hammer fans seem to forget, in between gushing about the films' pedigree, and the transfer, and the charms of Ingrid Pitt: bad scripts,... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by ReadListenWatch