Countess Dracula (1971)

One of the more visually arresting latter-day Hammers, with a good sense of period and a nice score, and benefiting also from an above average cast. Not another variation on the studio's recent infatuation with female vampires, it is in fact a fantasy based on the legend of Elizabeth Bathory, but it's fatally lugubrious, almost sickly in its mood, lacking entirely the thrills or scares expected of a Hammer Horror, let alone promised by the title, and it seems to go on forever.
It's odd to think they got that far and then fudged it: a full-fledged vampire film about an actual Countess Dracula would surely have stood a chance in the age of Yorga and Blacula.