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 »scinating looks and aristocratic manners hides a terrifying secret, shared by her companion Irina. Irina believes that her mistress is a supernatural being, perhaps the real-life 16th Century Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in the blood of over 650 women in a misguided quest for eternal life. As Detective Pope finds himself perversely drawn to the powerful Elizabeth, bodies begin to surface, his inquiries only deepening the mystery surrounding Elizabeth's past. Pope's obsession grows so intense that he completely fails to anticipate Elizabeth's reaction to his intrusion into her dark world, a fatal mistake that might cost him his life and the lives of those close to him.« less
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. "
It only feels like an eternity.
Melancholy | Salisbury, Maryland | 12/19/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
""Eternal" totters on being a decent film, but injecting the over-used "gritty, world-weary detective" motif into what would have been an intriguing pseudo-vampiress flick causes the film to repeatedly trip over its own incongruity. Mixing dark, lavish gothic sets and persistently-brooding supporting characters with a bald-headed, unshaven, foul-mouthed, squinting gnome threatening to get a warrant every five minutes keeps tugging the audience out of the horror fantasy and into a bad episode of [insert generic cop drama here].
With unrepentant tenacity, Conrad Pla's portrayal of Detective Pope drags down the performance of everyone around him by a combination of endless profanity and odd outbursts of pointless violence. His character isn't so much emotionally conflicted as prone to randomly-regurgitated emotion. We have to keeping asking the ether, what is he doing in this film? As if to remind us that Pla is, in actuality, a fighter-turned-actor, there is a brief, inexplicable scene of him hitting a punching bag. Either as a poor casting choice or a poorly-written character, the detective's role reduces the potential of this film dramatically.
Rescuing this film from complete mediocrity is the luxurious performance of Caroline Néron; her every motion and inflection seems perfectly timed for proper effect, making each line a mix of duplicity and crippling honesty. Bravo! If you must, see it for no other reason than her. "
Soft porn meets lesbian erotica.
Aegis Nod | Smalltown, USA | 06/23/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Beauty, excitement and seduction. Elizabeth Kane can give you all that, but all she asks for return...is just your blood.
When Montreal Detective Raymond Pope discovers his wife's involvement with this mysterious and wealthy woman, he is both repulsed and drawn into her personae and her strange world. As his investigation delves deeper and closer to her secret, threatening her quiet existence, Elizabeth begins a psychological killing dance. In turn, she becomes intrigued with Pope, who's growing frustration and fascination with this mysterious woman nearly drives him over the edge. But Pope is not deterred. Despite his attraction to her, his instincts say that Kane is not only dangerous but a killer. As he continues onward, those he loves are either killed and linked to Pope, or they turn against him, merely pushing him to go to extremes to keep his sanity and to clear his name of crimes he has not committed. At the same time he is also trying to hold onto a life he knows will never be the same but more importantly, keeping his own life out of the clutches of horror that he witnesses in Kane.
Kinky. Blood and death. Sex. Beautiful cinematography, great costuming and set decoration (especially for the last scene in Venice), stellar soundtrack--even good acting with an interesting twist to the Erzebet Bathory lore, it had all the makings of an above average, never-heard-of, pseudo-vampire movie. The vehicle of the story is about Pope and Kane and their inevitable and fatalistic attraction. Everything and everyone else fades away, which is why the story itself can seem chaotic and meandering. It's about two worlds clashing, about two people fighting for survival, and at the end of it, you're not quite sure who won, or if it's even possible.
As such, the fixation of the classic male fantasy (girl-on-girl action), S&M bondage, and ego (Pope is quite the player and quite the a-hole too), it was actually done with some flair and taste, rather than pushing that cringe-worthy cheesy and seedy button. Eternal could have really broken the bland and seen-heard-watched-that-before mold but the editing is terrible. Some more focus on the characters would have helped as well, not focusing so hard core on the sexual element that vampires are known for though the horror element was surprisingly good.
Conrad Pla as Raymond Pope, who's entry into Kane's world, is both maddening yet inescapable wasn't always a smooth ride and he wasn't always likable either. His character is aggressive, gritty and unapologetic but well played. It's an interesting juxtaposition with Caroline Néron as the sensual and beautiful Elizabeth Kane, a la Countess Erzebet Bathory, who was mesmerizing to watch and listen to, always seductive and never crude. Power is not just about the sex or in the sex but through blood, and the binding power of attracting prey and getting them to want what they can't possibly understand they are giving up. Under the fear of growing old and no longer beautiful, is also a woman tired of running, a woman who knows that what she is and what she does, will never change, and nothing will ever change her. She is who and what she is, good or bad, or brutally ugly. It is through Néron's take on a centuries old real life woman, that makes this movie stand out.
There are no extras and no soundtrack available, which is a shame. The music set the mood and tone, both adding to the tension and the action, but never getting in the way.
Hit or miss, watch it once and forget it, it'll at least make you raise your brows, or make you blush. Either way, you'll be watching, eyes wide open."