Fantasy Island

Season 3 Episode 15

Unholy Wedlock / Elizabeth

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 1980 on ABC

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  • Trivia

    • Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory (born in Hungary in 1560) known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to mens aspirations for power and wealth.

    • Mr. Roarke introduces Danny Collier from Chicago, Illinois.

  • Quotes

    • Danny: Well you can't blame the groom-to-be being a little anxious, can ya.
      Ken: What Danny means is his fiancee is a perfectionist and if anything goes wrong, she blows her stack.
      Tattoo: Don't worry nothing is going to go wrong, I promise you that.
      Ken: I hope so because she's from a very influenticial family, very wealthy too.
      Mr. Roarke: Yes the father of the bride is a very important man in the steel business I believe.
      Ken: That's right and you know what the old boy is giving Danny as a wedding gift? Vice-Presidency in charge of public relations, 50 G's a year with stock option. This guy's an operator here.
      Danny: Ken, you know who's got a bigger mouth than you?
      Ken: Who?
      Danny: Nobody.

    • Lisa Corday: Oh, How nice, it's just what I expected, that Coat of Arms....
      Mr. Roarke: It's of the House of Baffory.
      Lisa: I've seen it before.
      Mr. Roarke: May I ask where?
      Lisa: In my dreams I think.
      Mr. Roarke: It belonged to the family of a beautiful woman like the one you describe, a historical figure, her name was Elizabeth Baffory and she was born in Hungary in 1560. At the age of fifteen she was married to Count Ferenc Nádasdy, he was killed a few years later in a war with the Turks.
      Lisa: That could have been the tragedy.
      Mr. Roarke: No, the Counts' death wasn't her tragedy, she fell in love with another man, but her love was doomed. Under the Counts' influence Elizabeth had become fascinated by the powers of Black Magic and the fascination becamse an obsession. The man she loved refused to accept her bizarre beliefs and left the country.
      Lisa: What happened to her?
      Mr. Roarke: She returned to her husbands' castle where she was seized with a morbid fear of growing old, of losing her great beauty. Evil gradually consumed her mind and body.
      Lisa: Is there more?
      Mr. Roarke: Yes, yes Elizabeth put into practice ancient satanic beliefs to stay eternally young and beautiful, she became widely known as the Blood Countess, she was much feared and hated. So much so that it is said, the french word abattoir meaning slaughter house was derived from her name.
      Lisa: That can't be the one I dreamed about. She was a grand lady, she was loved and adored!
      Mr. Roarke: I sincerely hope you are right Miss Corday.

  • Notes

    • Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Bathory was born in 1560 into one of the oldest and wealthiest families in Transylvania. Her parents were first cousins Anna and Gyorgy (George) Báthory, and she had many powerful relatives - a cardinal, princes, and a cousin who was prime minister of Hungary. The most famous Bathory was King Steven of Poland. 1575-86. She grew up in an era when much of Hungary had been overrun by the Turkish forces of the Ottoman empire and was a battleground between Turkish and Austrian (Hapsburg) armies. Raised on the Bathory estate at Ecsed in Transylvania, some reports say that as a child she was subject to siezures accompanied by intense rage and uncontrollable behavior.

    • Elizabeth's story was made into a motion picture in 2008 called Bathory.

  • Allusions

    • Mr. Roarke: Yes, yes Elizabeth put into practice ancient satanic beliefs to stay eternally young and beautiful, she became widely known as the Blood Countess, she was much feared and hated. So much so that it is said, the french word abattoir meaning slaughter house was derived from her name.

      Allusion to the practices of Elizabeth Bathory or as she was known Erzsébet, who was very vain and afraid of getting old and losing her beauty. One day a servant girl accidentially pulled her hair while combing it - Erzsébet slapped the girl's hand so hard she drew blood, which fell onto her own hand. She immediately thought her skin took on the freshness of that of her young maid. She was sure she found the secret of eternal youthful skin! She had her major-domo and Thorko strip the maid, cut her and drain her blood into a huge vat. Erzsébet bathed in it to beautify her entire body. Over the next 10 years Erzsébet's evil henchmen provided her with new girls for the blood-draining ritual and her blood baths.

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