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For other films about Elizabeth Báthory, see Elizabeth Báthory in popular culture.
Directed by Juraj Jakubisko
Produced by Deana Horváthová
Mike Downey
Thom Mount
Zorana Piggott
Kevan Van Thompson
Written by John Paul Chapple (dialogue)
Juraj Jakubisko (script by)
Starring Anna Friel
Karel Roden
Hans Matheson
Vincent Regan
Franco Nero
Deana Horváthová
Music by Simon Boswell
Cinematography Ján Duris
Editing by Chris Blunden
Distributed by VISION FILMS, INC.
Running time 138 min.
Country Slovakia / Czech Republic / UK / Hungary
Language English
Budget 10 million EUR (around 15 million USD)

Báthory is a European co-production film written and directed by the Slovak filmmaker Juraj Jakubisko. The filming started in December 2005, and the film was released in July 2008. This is Jakubisko's first English-language film.



The film is based on the story of Elizabeth Báthory, a 16th/17th century Hungarian countess. Her story takes place in a part of the Kingdom of Hungary, now Slovakia. She is infamous for killing many young women because — according to legend — she thought that bathing in their blood would preserve her youth. Eventually the royal authorities investigated, and she was walled up in her castle, where she died three years later.

Financing and production companies

The budget of 10 million EUR (around 15 million USD) makes it the most expensive Slovak and Czech movie ever. The film is a joint effort of Slovak, Czech, UK and Hungarian production companies:
Jakubisko Film Slovakia s.r.o. (SK), Eurofilm Studio KFT (HU), Jakubisko Film, s.r.o. (CZ), Lunar Films Ltd (UK) and Concorde Film Trust (HU), with additional government funding provided by Eurimages (EU),[1] the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic (SK), Státní fond ČR pro podporu a rozvoj české kinematografie (CZ)

Cast and crew

  • Directed by: Juraj Jakubisko (SK)
  • Writing credits: (dialogue) John Paul Chapple, (script) Juraj Jakubisko
  • Cast: Anna Friel, Karel Roden, Hans Matheson, Franco Nero, Bolek Polivka, Lucie Vondráčková, Andrej Hryc, Derek Dimir Pavelcik
  • Cinematography: Ján Ďuriš (SK), František A. Brabec (CZ), János Kende (HU)
  • Editing: Joe Walker
  • Costume Design: Julia Patkos (HU)
  • Music: Jan Jirásek (CZ)


In late January 2006, Famke Janssen was announced to play Bathory, and her photos with Jakubisko showed up in the media. Her first appearance was planned for 6 March 2006. Meanwhile other sequences (those not involving her) were being shot. Around 8 March 2006, news agencies reported that Janssen had been replaced by the English actress Anna Friel.

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