original title: I Tre Volti Della Paura
aka: The Three Faces of Fear
Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Michele Mercier, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon, Susy Andersen, Jacqueline Pierreux
This is the night of the nightmare…
Black Sabbath is an excellent horror anthology movie by the master Mario Bava. It consists of three stories that deals with different subjects and it is narrated by the horror legend Boris Karloff.
This is the first episode and it is set in the home of the young and gorgeous girl named Rosy, who are starting to get creepy phone calls by a guy who says that he can see her and that he is coming to kill her. Rosy calls her previous lesbian lover Mary and begs her to come over to keep her safe throughout the night.
This segment is very playful and classy. It plays with voyeurism to the point where it almost gets sexy, which is a disturbing thought. The characters backstories is told more by subtle details than dialogue. I did like the three actors and Bava does make the most out of the set but it is definitely the weakest segment, but being the weakest out of this bunch does not mean it is bad. It is interesting and fun, but does feels a little out of place and one reason might be because it does not deal with the supernatural like the two remaining segments does.