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 mens aspirations for power and wealth.
What an epic tale! “Based” doesn’t mean historically correct, as far as this film is concerned. The story and flow of the film reminded me of a dark fairytale.
The first hour of the film has some twisted stuff and was rather entertaining, but was confusing due to the editing. And i think her dreams/visions of the countess were influenced by substance abuse of sorts (green visions = absinth). I understand why some people gave up watching this. The second half offers a steadier pace and clearly explains the situation better.
This two hour horror-fantasy-drama has got so much to offer. It had that historical feel, bloody murders, battle sequences, conspiracies, mysteries, a love story, twists and cons. And comic relief monks with gadgets. Yup it goes that far.
A good description would be “A dark fairytale based on the legend of Elizabeth Bathory”.
The movie feels like something like Hallmark would produce and the story’s quality would be of something that belongs in Cinemax.
I really enjoyed the “is she? isn’t she?” thing going on. It kept me on my toes, because prior to watching i did not know anything about Bathory except for her blood baths. So I wasn’t in any position to judge the viability of events portrayed.
Relatively unknown actress, Anna Friel plays the Hungarian countess believed to be evil incarnate. She did such a good job, i was captivated by her madness and beauty on screen.
*And because I was so impressed with her performance, i wanted to see how she’d fair when compared to the actresses from: Bathory (2000) & The Countess (2009). So expect the reviews of those films soon.
Juraj Jakubisko had an unconventional way of presenting this tale of horror and mystery. Pretty good stuff going on here. All together I really think they tried to do too much, just a smidge. Cinematography-wise, costumes and sets I had no complaints. The editing and storytelling was a bit shady.
Thanks to maria-agnostika for suggesting this epic tale.