This is not a review of Bathory (2008). I just noticed the coming DVD/Blu Ray release of this film later this year (September?) from DVDTalk. Having no idea of what Bathory is about, 😳 I checked the official web site and got interested by its trailer (in English).
The gruesome tale of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, notorious yet obscure, has been recounted by historians, writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, painters, and moviemakers. Tradition has it that Countess Bathory was the greatest murderess in the history of humankind, as documented by her entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
She tortured her victims, exclusively women, before killing them. She bathed in their blood, and tore the flesh from their bodies with her teeth while they were still alive. But is that really true? In four centuries, no historical document has been found to reveal what had exactly happened. The plot of my film diametrically opposes the established legend.
“My story is about a defenceless widow who owns more property and riches than the king himself and who, as a result, becomes a victim of scheming from on high.” — Juraj Jakubisko (the director)
The movie official site offers lots stuff to go through. The wallpapers are too bloody for my taste as desktop wallpaper, but I like the dragon icon and the map of family tree.
It’s also quite interesting to look at the diaries (by whom? the director 😕 ), which contains 18 pictures. Though we cannot see clearly what it was written (hand-writing), the drawings are full of imagination. 🙂 For instance:
Whether Elizabeth Báthory was a heartless murderess or a victim of conspiracy as suggested by László Nagy, we cannot really know. However, I’d not be surprised if most of counts are exaggerated. 😐