Ceremonia sangrienta (1972)

Spain, Italy, 1973
102m
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono

A Spanish/Italian horror film directed by Jorge Grau.

Plot Summary

An ageing Countess finds that bathing in virgin’s blood can temporarily restore her youth and beauty.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Jorge Grau
Depósito Legal M-30650 – MCMLXXII [1972]
An X Films (Madrid), Luis Films (Rome) co-production
Executive Producers: José María González Sinde
Written by: Jorge Grau, Juan Tebar and Sandro Continenza
Story by: Jorge Grau
Director of Photography: Fernando Arribas, Oberdan Troiani
Editor: Pedro del Rey
Music by: Carlo Savina
Costume Designer: Elisa Ruiz
Make-up: Carlos Paradela
Hair Stylist: Pepita Rubio
Special Effects: Basilio Cortijo
Art Director: Cruz Baleztena

Cast
Lucia Bosé as Erzebeth Bathory
Espartaco Santoni as Karl Ziemmer
Ewa Aulin as Marina
Ana Farra (Nodriza)
Lola Gaus (Carmilla)
Enrique Vivó (mayor)
Ángel Menéndez (magistrate)
Franca Grey (Nadja)
Raquel Ortuño (Irina)
María Vico (Maria Plojovitz)
Silvano Tranquilli (doctor)
Adolfo Thous (judge)
Ismael García Romen (captain)
Dolores Tovar [real name: Loreta Tovar] (Sandra)
Ghika (Inge)
Miguel Buñuel (secretary)
Fabián Conde (constable)
Estanis González (innkeeper)
Antonio Puga (Claus)
Francisco Agostín (postman)
Antonio De Mossul (falconer)
Rafael Vakero [real name: Rafael Vaquero[/mfn] (painter)
Roberto Daniel (Plojovitz)
Ángel Rodal (young Mario)
Juan José Otegui (servant)
Mari Paz Ballesteros (maid)
Sergio Alberti (Sergeant)
Sofía Nogueiras (Laura)
Joaquín Pueyo (real name: Kino Pueyo) (boy at inn)
Fernando De Bran (rector)
Rafael Frías (boy on horse)

Alternative Titles

Blood Castle – USA (video)
Bloody Ceremony
The Bloody Countess
Comtesse des Grauens – West Germany
Countess Dracula
The Female Butcher
A Força do Diabo – Brazil
Kauhujen linna – Finland
Kuolleitten linna – Finland
The Legend of Blood Castle
Les vergini cavalcano la morte – Italy

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 3 (1996)
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999)

References

Perodicals

  • Delirium no.26 (2021) p.21 – illustrated review (Eurotica times three! by Chris Alexander)

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.248
  • Cinematic Vampires by John L. Flynn pp.189
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart p.46
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.256, 272-74, 282, 303, 304
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.223
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.167
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.292-293 – illustrated review (by Dawn Dabell)
  • Vampire Films of the 1970s: Dracula to Blacula and Every Fang Between by Gary A. Smith pp.67-68; 213 – review; credits