"Countess Dracula" is far from bad but compared to "Vampire Circus," which came just a year later, this Hammer horror film feels like a positively restrained costume drama. It's far too modest for a movie about a woman who bathes in the blood of virgins to make herself appear young again. "Countess Dracula" could have benefited from more red stuff, more skin, more style, and less stuffiness.
Superior Hammer effort is a B-movie gothic melodrama of the highest order, thanks to a tight script and spirited performances from a cast of great character actors, including horror icon Ingrid Pitt and a scenery-chewing Nigel Green. Director Peter Sasdy effectively keeps the action moving, keeping it from descending into another stodgy costume piece. A must for fans of Hammer horror.