Tag Archive: mario bava

Mar 17

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

thegirlwhoknewtoomuchGenre: Thriller
Year: 1963
Country: Italy

original title: La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo
aka: Evil Eye

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Leticia Roman, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese, Titti Tomaino, Luigi Bonos

 

 

What does it want? What will satisfy its cravings?

 

The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963) - Trailer Commentary

 

May 08

Kill, Baby, Kill

killbabykillGenre: Horror
Year: 1966
Country: Italy

original title: Operazione Paura
aka: Don’t Walk in the Park, Operation Fear, Curse of the Dead, Curse of the Living Dead

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali, Piero Lulli, Luciano Catenacci

 

 

Review of Kill Baby Kill (1966)

 

Oct 30

Bay of Blood

bayofbloodGenre: Horror
Year: 1971
Country: Italy

original title: Reazione a Catena
aka: Carnage, Blood Bath, Chain Reaction, The Antecedent, The Last House on the Left 2, Twitch of the Death Nerve, Ecology of a Crime

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Carnaso, Anna Maria Rosati, Chris Avram

 

13 Characters, 13 Murders

 

Countess Federica owns what used to be a very quiet and beautiful little bay, but one night she is brutally murdered and her body is set up to make it look like a suicide. In a strange turn of events, only a few minutes after the first murder, the murderer himself is stabbed to death by another bloodthirsty killer.

This leaves the beautiful bay open for money hungry vultures take ownership over it, including the real estate agent Frank and his lovely girlfriend Laura. They are not the only one heading out to the bay though, a group of young teenagers are going out there simply to just have fun… but the killer is still active and it doesn’t take long before the bay is filled with blood.

Sep 05

I Vampiri

ivampiriGenre: Horror
Year: 1956
Country: Italy

aka: Evil’s Commandment, Lust of the Vampire, Lady Vampire, The Devil’s Commandment, The Vampires

Director: Riccardo Freda
Starring: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D’Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida, Angelo Galassi

 

Beautiful Parisian girls were his victims!

 

A woman is fished out of the river Seine in Paris. Her body is totally drained of all blood and this is not the first time this has happened lately in the usually quiet town. Pierre Lantin is a local reporter who is trying to figure this case out, to much dismay of inspector Chantal who believe the media is only hurting their own investigation by causing terror in the city by even nicknaming the killer “The Vampire”. Who will find “The Vampire” first and how many more innocent lives will be lost before they find who is responsible for terrorizing the city?

I Vampiri is known as the first modern horror movie from Italy. It’s also the movie where Mario Bava gets to do some directing after Riccardo Freda left the set two days before the movie was finished. There’s been a lot of talk amongst Bavafans on what scenes he did and what Freda did. Some of the scenes here are very gothic and beautiful shot, but I’d like to give both the credit since it is a team effort with Bava originally as “only” the cinematographer.

Jul 05

Planet of the Vampires

POSTER - PLANET OF THE VAMPIRESGenre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Year: 1965
Country: Italy / Spain

original title: Terrore Nello Spazio

aka: Planet of Blood, Space Mutants, Terror in Space, The Demon Planet, The Haunted Planet, The Haunted World, The Outlawed Planet, The Planet of Terror, The Planet of the Damned

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda, Evi Marandi, Stelio Candelli

 

This was the day the universe trembled before the demon forces of the killer planet!

 

The two spaceships Argos and Galliot are traveling past a planet called Aura and stops when they start to receive signals from the planet. They suspect that there might be some form of life on the planet and decide that it would be a good idea to explore the planet and see if some living presence is there.

When they come close to the planet, a gravitation force pulls them down and most of the crew pass out. When they wake up they are behaving violent towards each other without remembering it when they snap out of it. They start to explore the strange planet, but have no idea what they are about to encounter.

Apr 21

Five Dolls For An August Moon

fivedollsGenre: Thriller
Year: 1970
Country: Italy

original title: 5 Barribole Per La Luna D’Agosto
aka: Island of Terror

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Maurice Poli, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross

 

 

A group of rich and successful couples are having a holiday out on a funky house on an island. One of them reveals that he has developed a secret formula that is bound to make him a shitload of money. After everyone knows of this, people end up missing and found dead one by one. Who can be trusted and who is the murderer and how can they escape from the island?

Five Dolls for An August Moon was a project that Mario Bava has hired to do in the very last minute. He didn’t get to change the script and didn’t care much for the movie. It’s easy to understand why, the plot is very Agatha Christie influenced but the characters are all very bland. The girls are some of the most beautiful that you will get in a Bava movie including the absolutely gorgeous Edwige Fenech

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.

Jan 10

Baron Blood

POSTER - BARON BLOODGenre: Horror
Year: 1972
Country: Italy

original title: Gli Orrori Del Castello di Norimberga

aka: The Torture Chamber of Baron Blood, Baron Vampire, Chamber of Tortures, The Blood Baron, The Thirst of Baron Blood

Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Joseph Cotton, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Rada Rassimov, Antonio Cantafora

 

He sought the ultimate in HUMAN AGONY… with instruments of TORTURE ghastly beyond belief!

 

Peter Kleist is visiting Austria where his ancestors castle is. He meets up with his uncle Karl and the restoration expert Eva at the castle and takes a look around. It used to be owned by a bloodthirsty baron that used the dungeons as torture chambers. The barons demise was caused after a witch curse him to burn forever. Eva and Peter however find the scriptures that can bring the Baron back to life and the curiosity gets the best of them.

After he is brung back to life, people end up being killed and Eva seems to be stalked and is in great danger. At the same time a mysterious guy in a wheelchair named Becker bought the castle and has taken a particular interest in Eva, who is now trying to figure out who is causing this and if it really could be Baron Blood!