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Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008)

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Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth... See full summary »

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Juraj Jakubisko

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Friel ... Erzsébet Báthory
Karel Roden ... Thurzo
Vincent Regan ... Ferenc Nadasdy
Hans Matheson ... Merisi Caravaggio
Deana Horváthová ... Darvulia (as Deana Jakubisková-Horváthová)
Franco Nero ... King Mathias II
Antony Byrne Antony Byrne ... Pastor Ponicky
Bolek Polívka ... Peter
Jirí Mádl ... Cyril
Monika Hilmerová ... Countess Czobor
Lucie Vondrácková ... Lucia
Jaromír Nosek ... Miklós Zrínyi (as Míra Nosek)
Marek Majeský ... Gábor Báthory
Marek Vasut ... Bethlen
Jana Olhová ... Dora
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Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to men's aspirations for power and wealth. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and torture, sexuality and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2008 (Slovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bathory: Countess of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,005,528
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Famke Janssen was originally signed on for the part of Bathory, but for reasons unknown she backed out. Anna Friel read the script and fell in love with it and sent the director a letter convincing him to cast her. It was written in Slovak language, because her babysitter was from Slovakia and helped her writing it. See more »

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About the monks
20 August 2012 | by legersky-randySee all my reviews

Many reviews here find the monks' humor out of place, inappropriate, or they just didn't see the purpose of it. It's my opinion that if you didn't find it amusing, then its most likely more of a cultural difference than a matter of taste. This type of humor is very common in Slovakia and Romania. I'm saying this as a Slovak-American, someone married to a Romanian, and who lived in Romania for five years.

I also agree with the reviewers who point out this is a post-modernist historical fiction. It's more of a fantasy than either a horror tale or historical biography.

Yes, there are some flaws with the point-of-view at the beginning. The first part was disjointed because it kept switching plot lines and character focus, but the second and third parts worked magically. I'm sure it also seemed complex or confusing if you are not familiar with the inner struggles and politics of the Hungarians, Slovaks, and Romanians at that time. But, I find it interesting and even amusing that the conflicts still continue within these reviews about whose version of history is right (or best) -- the Hungarian Catholics, the Lutherans, the Slovaks, the Romanians in Transylvania, etc. That's basically the point of the movie! We'll never know the "truth" unless we could have had some spies there writing it all down in a record that also verified the other evidence. Every noble family and religion in that space has always had political power motives in presenting their own versions of history. It gets so crazy and sad at a point that all you can do is make a joke (like the monks) and try to laugh so you don't go crazy too.


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