As many fans of Maleficent know, there are no shortage of real Evil Queens in history to look to as the inspiration of the fairy tale that Disney is spinning out this summer with Angelina Jolie as the fabulously wicked horned one.
One of the most evil has to be Elizabeth, Countess Bathory (also called "The Blood Countess") who lived in Hungary in the late 1500s. The Countess killed and tortured thousands of young virgins, thinking that bathing in their blood would keep her young. Not only did that premise go awry, but she was caught and walled up in the basement of Slovakia's Cachtice Castle, whose ruins still stand--moodily awaiting those who are brave enough to visit.
We hear that the Castle itself is closed to the public but that you can still get close enough to the picturesque point to take pictures for your Evil Queen scrapbook. You can also rent The Countess which stars Julie Delpy as, well, The Countess. It's kind of like Before Sunrise, except with serial killing, torture and Renaissance fair costumes instead of Ethan Hawke.