Bathory

Film, Horror
1 out of 5 stars
1 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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She’s said to be the world’s most notorious murderess, but this lavish production suggests seventeenth-century Hungarian noblewoman Elizabeth Bathory has had a bad rap. Her reputation, reckons this bustling, barely coherent saga, was muddied by a rival aristo, while her behaviour could be explained by the potions of a sinister sorceress. Turns out she didn’t bathe in virgins’ blood, as per legend, but enjoyed a soak in a red herbal concoction. The film presents all this as significant, but the director and ten writers are so immersed in minutiae – including a credibility-stretching affair with Caravaggio – that they never work out why anyone should care. So, we get a jumble of battles, plotting, torture, painting and nudity, and only the dire English dialogue leavens the tedium. Anna Friel displays grim determination as Bathory.

By: Trevor Johnston

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday December 3 2010
Duration:
140 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Juraj Jakubisko
Cast:
Anna Friel
Karel Roden
Vincent Regan
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The coHahahahaha... thank you Trevor Johnston for saying so beautifully what I would have loved to have said myself!! Spot on!! 2 hours of my life I will never get back but it was worth it just to read your review :))