Freaky Friday: Five Things About The Blood Queen (2015)

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For October’s Halloween season, I like to indulge my gothic side with some historical horror, and one of my favorite topics is Countess Elizabeth Báthory, much trumpeted as history’s first female serial killer. The best and probably most accurate movie about her is The Countess (2009), but there’s a shitton of schlocky ones, like The Blood Queen (2015), aka The Lady of Csejte. It doesn’t deserve an in-depth review, but it’s fun for some snarky screencaps, so let’s run down five random things about this freak fest!

 

1. A Mish-Mash of European Accents

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

The young girl and boy who are the main characters speak in posh British tones. Most everyone else has a smorgasbord of thick Eastern-European accents — Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Austrian, German, you name it.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

Then there are the two “Hungarian nobles” that are kinda-sorta investigating the missing 600 some-odd girls, and their accents slip back and forth between English and fake-Hungarian.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

The judge speaks Hungarian with an English accent. It’s such a mess.

 

2. Countess Bathory Is a Blonde

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

It’s a choice alright. For reference, here’s the one known image of Elizabeth Báthory c. 1585.

Elizabeth Bathory portrait, via Wikimedia Commons.

via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a copy of a period portrait and has weak provenance, but I’m still not buying this flick’s Barbie Doll blonde.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

This is a promo pic & thankfully the dress doesn’t appear in the movie. But that hair does & in that style. All the time.

 

 

3. Renaissance Costumes by Way of Fantasyland

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

The title card said this is 1610, and the Countess’ ladies-in-waiting wear vaguely renaissance-y gowns (though their accessory game is rather cray).

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

I’ll give this as a general nod towards the late 16th century.

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But check out her braid…

cyberlox

Looks like someone’s going a bit cyberpunk.

cyberlox wig

Hmmm????

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

At least these ladies at the ball are dressed pretty well for filling out a renaissance scene.

But the Countess wears fantasy banana-crackers dresses over Victorian corsets with wacky hair and silly standy-uppy wired ruffs.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

Not only is that a 19th-century corset, she’s not wearing any kind of smock or chemise. Chafe-city, here she comes!

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

This outfit was what made me hunt down the flick — as a goth outfit, it’s awesome what with the black & white combo & spiked shoulders! But it’s ludicrous as a historical costume.

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Also, it zips up the back.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

She says this is her “nightgown.” Ugh.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

I am weirdly fascinated by this dress on Countess Bathory (far left). So much going on! Sheer, sparkly teal sleeves with pleated grey satin arm bands. Grey stomacher topped with pleated teal satin. Dark blue skirt with grey forepart. Bouffant hair & a head necklace!

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

There’s even red gems accenting each pleat on her sleeves & at the shoulders!

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Finally, there’s a weird claw-like grey satin tabbed collar thingy! The dressmaker is wise to keep her mouth shut & just do whatever the Countess says.

 

4. So Much Tinkly Music

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

Seriously, this soundtrack has a music box fetish. Until it’s DRUMS.

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Maybe tinkly music works for spa-time? But this bath is supposed to run with blood so IDK.

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Not a charming cooking scene in this kitchen.

 

5. HEAD NECKLACES

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I saved the best for last. Four minutes in, first head necklace sighting! And they don’t stop.

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Close-up.

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Head necklaces go with everything.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

Formal head necklaces for the ball. Even the servant girl gets a little head bling.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

The Countess gets a 1920s headband as a head necklace.

1920s headband

From Amazon.com, surely.

The Blood Queen (2015), Lady of Csejte

The older sister shows up with a medieval-oid head necklace.

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Annnnd a steampunk belt. Whatever.

The plot begs the question: Why does Countess Bathory go through all this trouble to get this one girl’s blood? If she went through this for all 600+ girls, it would have taken for-fucking-ever, and she’d have been discovered. Of course, we know that none of this shit happened, so plausibility is out the window already.

 

What’s your favorite Elizabeth Báthory on screen?

12 Responses

  1. mmcquown

    Ingrid Pitt in “Countess Dracula.”Typical Hammer fare, but we met and loved hanging out with her and her race car driver husband at conventions. She was gorgeous and funny and he was handsome and charming.

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  2. Heidilea

    I dig some of the looks, like, that cyperpunk braid is hella inspiration for me, as my hair is not as thick as it used to be. I actually dig sis’s purple dress with the steampunk belt, though the fit is kinda garbage. That kinda look would have gone over well in the late 90s early 00s scene…and by that I mean 1990s/2000s, not 1590s/1600s.

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  3. Heidilea

    My favorites are the two ladies for the ball. The rest of Bathory’s looks are REAL uncomfortable looking. Itchy and sweaty much?

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  4. Boxermom

    OMG I love Ingrid Pitt! She always had a twinkle in her eye. And so smart- I have a book she wrote called ” The Ingrid Pitt Bedside Companion for Vampire Lovers”. (Tongue planted firmly in cheek)

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  5. Nzie

    I was almost laughing at everything under #3. Sure some are fun or cool for their own thing, but for historical purposes?

    I’m not that into horror stuff so I skip movies like this. But the frock issues reinforce that decision for sure.

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    • Trystan L. Bass

      I love that black & white dress – for a goth club or a fantasy event! And the ivory robe w/lace that she wears around the bathtub, yeah, I’d swan around the house in that too ;)

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  6. Shashwat

    Off topic,but can you share your views about the robe al allemande worn in lowland countries during the 18th century?

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    • Shashwat

      I was interested because many of the back lacinh gowns worn by claire in outlander season 2 seemed to be these,but little information was available.Not asking-you-to-do-my-homework,but seeking expert opinion.

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