Atmospheric and bewitching. Delphine Seyrig's performance, her 30's Marlene Dietrich look, her voice, her elegance make it an iconic characterisation of Elisabeth Báthory in this film. Harry Kümel creates a stylish and timeless film, combining the framework of the genre with an art film approach, resulting in a striking visual beauty and a poetic depth without any use of the supernatural. A world apart.
Above average vampire movie. As nobody wears crosses nowadays and as our bio-vegetarian chefs have banned garlic from their recipes, it's rather natural that ghouls are spreading all across Europe. They're even in Belgium now, tomorrow they'll be in your garden. Strongly recommended.
(Vu sur Arte) Le film a extrêmement mal vieilli dans tous ses aspects et n'a au final que peu d'intérêt...J'ai du mal à comprendre d'où lui vient son prétendu statut de "film culte". Cerise sur le gâteau: l'interdiction au moins de 18 ans de la part d'Arte m'a bien fait rigoler pour un film qui ne serait même pas interdit au moins de 12 de nos jours...
Certainly one of the best if not the best adaptation on screen of Countess Bathory classic myth, this even if the story takes place nowadays and not during the XVI century. Stylish, catchy, intelligent and imaginative film which goes beyond the limits of the traditional vampire genre. Seyrig is so subtly machiavelian in this role.
If a B-horror movie wants to homage other films, it could do far worse than Last Year at Marienbad. The production's entire air of mystery really sells it, from the saturated sumptuousness of its colors to the frightening and opaque gender politics (hello, "Mother"). Practically demands analysis and repeated viewing.
Badly acted (except of course for the incomparable Seyrig) with ludicrous tonal shifts & an entirely dispensable subplot (the "detective" figure), BUT the whole so diffusely mistily potent that it leaves one with a sadness one cannot quite name. This has got to be one of my favorite discoveries of the past year: to find such unexpected pleasure in a genre (arty lesbian bloodsucker moodpieces) that I don't care for!
Lo que más me llama la atención de este filme no tiene que ver con la trivial historia de los seres de ultratumba trascendiendo generaciones y cosechando nuevos serviles. En su lugar es la historia de esa pareja que, curiosamente, también ha hecho su propio pacto sagrado. Es el individuo de inclinaciones perversas, un aspirante a misógino, y la mujer que ha decidido ser humillada hasta que la muerte los separe.
Classic sapphic vampire film bringing the Elizabeth Bathory character into modern dress (71). Delphine Seyrig is perfect here as Bathory exuding pure sexuality and unrealized dread. Super stylish and uber-erotic like a cross between hammer and soft core porn. Decadent, homo-erotic and mesmerizing. One cannot just look away especially every second Seyrig is on screen (that silver dress just to kill for).
I thought this was a Hammer horror film since it, well, looks and sounds just like one. But it's not! It's a 1971 erotic vampire flick from Belgium of all places.The "handsome young couple" of the story left something to be desired, both in the looks and charm department, but Delphine Seyrig was spot on as a seductive yet unhurried lady of the damned. She's got all the time in the world to make you hers.