Countess Elizabeth Bathory

(7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614)

Countess Elizabeth Bathory
Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Also known as Báthory Erzsébet, Alžbeta Bátoriová, Alžběta Báthoryov or Elżbieta Batory.

She was a Hungarian countess from the renowned Báthory family.

She killed young girls and took baths in their bloods. The bloodbath or blood seeker for vanity earned her the title as a vampiress.

In Popular Culture


La Comtesse Rouge: Erzsébet Báthory, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
Báthory Erzsébet, by Hungarian writer Kálmán Vándor, 1940
Csejtevár és asszonya (The Lady of Castle Csejte), by Kálmán Mikszáth
Bathory: Memoir of a Countess, by A. Mordeaux
The Blood Countess, by Andrei Codrescu
The Bloody Countess, Alejandra Pizarnik
The Blood Confession, by Alisa M. Libby, 2006
The Trouble with the Pears, by Gia Bathory Al Babel
O Legado de Bathory, by Alexandre Heredia, 2007


1970 – Necropolis (Franco Brocani)
1970 – Countess Dracula (Peter Sasdy) (with Ingrid Pitt)
1971 – Les Levres rouges/Daughters of Darkness (Harry Kümel)
1973 – Ceremonia sangrienta/Blood Castle (Jorge Grau)
1973 – El Retorno de Walpurgis/Curse of the Devil (Carlos Aured)
1974 – Contes Immoraux/Immoral Tales (Walerian Borowczyk) (with Paloma Picasso)
1975 – Alžbeta Hrozná alebo Krw story/Elisabeth the Terrible or The Krw Story (Stanislav Štepka)
1980 – Krvavá pani/The Bloody Lady (Viktor Kubal)
1980 – El Retorno del Hombre-Lobo/Night of the Werewolf (Jacinto Molina)
1981 – Zsarnok szíve, avagy Boccaccio magyarországon/Tyrant’s Heart, or Boccaccio in Hungary (Miklós Jancsó)
1988 – The Mysterious Death of Nina Chereau (Dennis Berry)
1999 – Bloodbath (Dan Speaker, Kim Turney)
2000 – Bathory (Brian Topping)
2000 – Alguien mató algo (Jorge Navas)
2000 – La historia de Elizabeth Bathory (Leonardo Carreño)
2002 – Killer Love (Lloyd A. Simandl)
2004 – Tomb of the Werewolf (Fred Olen Ray)
2004 – Eternal (Wilhelm Liebenberg, Federico Sanchez)
2005 – The Brothers Grimm – (Ehren Kruger, Terry Gilliam)
2005 – Night Fangs – (Ricardo Islas)
2006 – Stay Alive (William Brent Bell)
2006 – Demon’s Claw (Lloyd A. Simandl)
2006 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse features a character named “Countess Bathory”, depicted as a female equivalent of Count Dracula
2006 – Metamorphosis (Jenő Hódi)
2007 – Hostel: Part II where a “Mrs. Bathory” victimizes a girl by slicing her back, throat, and erotically bathing in her blood.
2007 – Blood Scarab (Donald F. Glut)
2007 – Hellboy: Blood and Iron – (Kath Soucie)
2008 – Bathory: Countess of Blood (Juraj Jakubisko)
2009 – The Countess (Julie Delpy)


– Báthori Erzsébet, by János Garay
– The Blood Countess, Erzsébet Báthory of Hungary, by Robert Peters
– Báthory Erzsébet: történeti beszély két énekben, 1847, by Sándor Vachott


1865 – Báthory Erzsébet: Történeti szomorújáték, 5 felvonásban (Erzsébet Báthory: An Historic Tragedy in Five Acts), by Hungarian poet Zoltán Balogh
1985 – Báthory Erzsébet by Hungarian playwright András Nagy
1994 – In the Service of Beauty by Melbourne playwright Sam Sejavka, exploring the final days of the Countess after she has been imprisoned in her castle
2000 – Bathory by Canadian playwright Moynan King
2004 – Erzsebet by Michael Stever and Amy LeBlanc
2007 – Bathory: The Blood Countess, written by John DiDonna and produced by The Empty Spaces Theatre Co
2009 – Bathory: A New Musical Written by David and Daniel Levinson, Musical Directed by Mark Hartman, Directed by Stacey Weingarten, Produced at the 45th Street Theater