Bathory: Countess of Blood

2008

Action / Biography / Drama / Fantasy / History

9
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 49%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 3815

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Cast

Robbie Kay as Pals
Anna Friel as Erzsébet Báthory
Franco Nero as King Mathias II
Vincent Regan as Ferenc Nadasdy
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1019.31 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
2hr 21 min
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2.12 GB
1920*864
English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 21 min
P/S 2 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by qmtv 5 / 10

Very Long and Boring. Good Costumes, Sets and Cinematography. Poor acting, dialogue and script.

Very Long and Boring. Good Costumes, Sets and Cinematography. Poor acting, dialogue and script.

Too long, made for TV in series? This should have been cut down, too many unnecessary scenes. Monks with the technology and humor sucked. The actors were average at best. The dialogue and script sucked, most of the accents I couldn't understand what was happening.

Fight scenes and gore was OK. The costumes, sets and cinematography was good. FX were good. Music was decent. Rating is a C, or 5 stars. They had a decent budget, they should have spent some of it on a decent screenwriter.

Reviewed by Paul Magne Haakonsen 5 / 10

Countess of blood...

While I am familiar with the myth or legend of Countess Bathory, then I sat down to watch this 2008 movie for entertainment only, not really putting anything more into it. So whether how much or not this movie was true to the actual Countess and the events that took place in her life, I do not know, nor do I really care; a movie is a media for entertainment.

The story in "Bathory" is centered around Erzsébet Báthory, notorious Countess, in the mid-1500's Hungary. Married to a formidable warlord and conqueror, Bathory is at the seat of power in Hungary, caught in the game of power and influence. But rumor and dark stories circulate about her bathing in the blood of virgins, having consorted with the devil and having a witch as her right-hand maiden.

Right, well, entertainment-wise then "Bathory" was adequate, albeit nothing extraordinary. However, it was a long, long movie, running at two hours and twenty-one minutes. So keep that in mind, especially because the movie is not a non-stop action-filled ride. There are ups and downs throughout the movie, of course. I was adequately entertained, although at times I found the movie to just be too slow-paced and too long.

The acting in the movie was quite good, as they had some nicely talented actors and actresses on the cast list. Anna Friel (playing Erzsébet Báthory) and Karel Roden (playing Thurzo) carried the movie quite nicely.

One thing that didn't really sit well with me, was the two Catholic monks, or spies as they actually were. They were just too much of a comical relief, and were sticking out like a sore thumb from the rest of the movie. And their array of out of place gadgets were just too much.

There are better movies that deal with the Erzsébet Báthory character and story. This 2008 movie at the hands of director Juraj Jakubisko scores a lukewarm, mediocre five out of ten stars from me only.

Reviewed by ewiep 3 / 10

A bloody mess

A long, rambling, shambling, doddering, staggering chaos of a film, blighted by (amongst other things): (1) impenetrable Middle European accents, most of them genuine but three put on ~ by Miss Friel, her husband, and her lover; (2) a narrative style that was very much like listening to a boring drunk recounting a shaggy dog story; (3) a schizoid attitude toward the countess herself ~ ambiguity is all very well, but to switch sides several times in the course of one story just makes the storyteller appear 'flakey'; (4) a sub-plot about two spying monks which ... well, which beggared description in its absurdity; (5) visual imagery and editing which frequently resembled pop videos; (6) so on and so forth.

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