Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Conrad Pla, Caroline Néron, Victoria Sanchez, Sarah Manninen, Ilona Elkin
Directors: Federico Sanchez, Wilhelm Liebenberg
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Detective Raymond Pope is a detective of questionable morals, searching for his missing wife. His investigation leads him to the wealthy estate of the enigmatic Elizabeth Kane and her young maid Irina. Under Elizabeth's fa... more »
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 10/7/2010...
Let me start by saying, ETERNAL is one of my favorite films, so I have a slight bias. ETERNAL is based on the speculative life of a real person, Elizabeth of Bathory. Nothing written by any horror writer could ever compare to the atrocities that she committed long ago. Well, what if she didn't die? What if she still lives among us, practicing her dark arts?
ETERNAL is the story of a police officer investigating a series of murders that seem to lead to the doorstep of a beautiful woman named Elizabeth Kane. The plot is a heady mix of sex, gore, nudity and horror.
I can't say enough about this film. It simply has to be seen to be appreciated. Take a chance. You might just live ETERNAL!
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Highly erotic imagery sprinkled throughout so-so cop drama!
Pen Name | United States | 10/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's a Montreal homicide detective vs. a 300+ year old beautiful Hungarian "vampire vixen" in this pseudo horror-flick about legendary countess Elizabeth Bathory being under investigation for the disappearance of beautiful young women in Canada. It all starts after one of her pretty victims happens to be the aforementioned detective's ex-wife, and his subsequent suspicion over her involvement leads to an ongoing and relentless search into her activities that winds up at her home in Venice, Italy.
The police drama aspects were OK, but where this film really shines is during those brief moments involving her encounters with the pretty young women she pursues and then eventually drains of their blood. The lesbian aspects are highly charged and incredibly erotic, particularly those at her "party" in Venice! The imagination and erotic creativity are wonderful, but way too short in my opinion! If they were longer I'd give this one five stars for sure!"
A Bloody Delicious Surprise!
International Acclaim | New York City | 03/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After the largely negative press this film garnered from both critics and fans alike, I was expecting very little from it save for a routine dip into second-rate arthouse horrotica. Indeed, I only rented it from the local video store since the film was largely shot in Montreal and Venice, two of my favourite cities. It would seem a pointless exercise at best to even attempt to film yet another take on the Bathory 'Blood Countess' legend since it has already been done to death, and more often than not, quite poorly in the past--the notable exception being 'Daughters of Darkness', the stylish early 70s film starring the inimitable Dephine Seyrig. But co-directors/writers Wilhelm Liebenberg and Federico Sanchez have not only concocted a thoroughly thought-provoking and visually appealing film, but a welcome addition to the 'female vampire' sub-genre that should now be considered at the top of the list. Let it be said that the film does suffer from some inconsistencies among the performances and in the plotline--the latter it would appear resulting from the writers painting themselves into corners here and there. But these minor complaints aside, 'Eternal' is a juicy, noirish horror film that attempts to and succeeds to expand the dimensions of its well-worn themes. Special mention must be given to actress Caroline Neron who plays the lead role of Elizabeth Kane. Her deeply sensual and intelligent portrayal allows her to create a character unique enough to stand, if not alongside, at least nearby Seyrig's Elizabeth in the previously mentioned film and Catherine Deneuve's Miriam of the magnificent 'The Hunger'. I hasten to add that there is a laudable effort with the script to never definitively explain away the femme fatale here as being a vampire in the strict sense of the term. By film's end, the viewer is not sure if she is supernatural or psychopathic or both. Even more enticing is the notion briefly inferred that even is she is indeed Elizabeth Bathory, perhaps that genuine historical figure is simply one of her many incarnations through centuries of bloodbathing. Fascinating! 'Eternal' also provides generous dollops of kinky situations throughout. Last but not least, an exceptionally fine use of music and exquisite cinematography capture Montreal and Venice perfectly. Highly-Recommended."
Bathing Beauty's Basic Instinct
Ghoulie Guru | 01/14/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"WARNING: some possible spoilers ahead...
This is a pretty good pseudo-vampire thriller along the lines of the Hunger. It takes historical fact, sex parties and obsession with the taboo and blends them all into fairly decent thriller. The basic storyline is about a cop who's wife goes missing. As he attempts to find out what happened to her, he gets drawn deeper and deeper into the fetishistic world of a dangerous woman who turns out to be Elizabeth Bathory, the famed countess who bathed in human blood to keep her youth. Eternal combines elements of the Hunger, Eyes Wide Shut and Basic Instinct into one movie. Strangely enough, the combination is not entirely unpalatable.
Acting is fairly solid throughout and the movie has some strong cinematography. The director makes some interesting choices and I think the only thing that I hold against him is the fact that he seems to have the same girl-on-girl fixation that so many other guys have. As a result, I had to watch a few more lesbian sex scenes than I would have liked, but they weren't too graphic and most of them ended quickly. I don't know if I would classify this as a horror movie, but if you're looking for a sexy thriller with a little bit of a bite to it, you might enjoy ETERNAL.