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Mar 29

Black Sabbath

POSTER - BLACK SABBATH (GERMAN)Genre: Horror
Year: 1963
Country: Italy

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.

“The Telephone”
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.

Dec 10

The Raven

theravenGenre: Horror
Year: 1935
Country: USA

Director: Lew Landers
Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lester Matthews, Irene Ware, Samuel S. Hinde

 

 

Dr. Richard Vollin is a famous surgeon who is called upon when the young Jean gets seriously injured in a car accident. After he saves her life, he starts to develop feelings for her and also reveals his obsession with Edgar Allan Poe to her.

Jean’s father reacts badly to Dr. Vollins feelings for his daughter and stops the possible affair from happening, so the good doctor comes up with a plan to take revenge upon them. He destroys the face of a poor criminal that seeks his help and uses him as a henchman in his evil plans. He invites Jean and her close ones to a dinner party and sets his evil plans in motion.

The Raven is one of three Universal Picture movies of the time that put the legendary Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi together. Lugosi has the leading role here, playing the sinister Dr. Vollin. Logusi has such a big presence here and seems to be very into his part as the evil doctor, almost overplaying it a bit. Karloff doesn’t get that much to do with his supporting role, but does make the most out of it. Yet again he plays a big monster, but who can really complain when it does it so well. The rest of the cast is outshined by these two and I can’t say that I noticed anything particularly great about any of them.