The plot: As the film begins, a very elderly and cantankerous Countess Nodosheen arrives home after her husband's funeral. A chambermaid accidentally cuts herself while helping the Countess take a bath. The ever grouchy old hag slaps her and gets some of the maid's blood on her face. Miraculously, that area of her face changes into that of a young woman's face. Up until now, the Countess assumed she'd have to settle for the aged Captain Dobi. Enlisting the aid of her nursemaid, the Countess lures beautiful virgins to the castle where she kills them and bathes in their blood. After the baths, the old hag turns into Ingrid Pitt. How to explain this to her servants? She and Dobi assert that the Countess is actually Ilona (see picture below), her daughter. Ilona (Lesley-Anne Down), traveling home, is intercepted by Dobi's highwaymen and abducted. Imprisoned by a drooling semi-mutant, the beautiful Ilona is terrorized and pawed by this fiend.
As Toth accidentally walks in on one of the Countess' bathing rituals (see picture above), he realizes that he is the object of a very diabolical plan involving the real Ilona. Will Toth lose his interest in older women and save Ilona? Will the Countess be hated because she is beautiful? The conclusion of this film is exciting, and the Countess' wisdom of the ages is tested against her need for and ability to obtain virgin blood. Ingrid Pitt is fantastic here. She died in 2010, on her way to an appearance at a horror convention in the UK. Her fame as one of the greatest "scream-queens" won her millions of fans, whom she always respected. "Countess Dracula" may be this Hammer-Glamour girl's best film. Not a victim needing rescuing here, but a stunning, powerful and ominous 17th century femme-fatale.