Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Life for 'Countess Dracula'

The new breed of mature creepshows spawned in the late '60s with Rosemary's Baby and Night of the Living Dead made Hammer's horrors look pretty creaky in comparison. The venerable British studio competed the only way it knew how: exaggerating its trademark blood and boobs until achieving high camp. The results were always silly, but occasionally fun and even smart. One of the best later-day Hammers is Countess Dracula (1971), which made a star of Ingrid Pitt and entered blood-bather Elizabeth Bathory into the canon of creeps (despite its title, the film has nothing to do with Stoker's vamp). According to a recent blurb on Fangoria.com, Synapse Films plans to resurrect Countess Dracula from its HD master on DVD and Blu-ray late next year. Stay tuned for more details as a release date and any possible extras materialize.
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