Directed by Mario Bava
Running time: 92 minutes
One of the classic horror films of all time, Black Sabbath (1963), an Italian-French production, was directed by Mario Bava. Bava kick started what's termed the 'golden age' of Italian horror films but originally began his career as a painter. Adept at trickery and illusionism, his cinematic compositions are known for their visual opulence and clever cinematography, influencing such later directors as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese, decades after his death. Black Sabbath, (titled I tre volti della paura in the original) is an anthology of three chilling tales, each introduced by Boris Karloff. In the first scenario, named “The Telephone”, a woman played by Michèle Mercier is terrorized by phone calls from an unknown man who turns out to be her lover and escaped prisoner from the past. In the second, called “The Wurdulak”, Boris Karloff stars as a wild haired Russian named Gorca who returns to his family after claiming to have killed a 'Wurdulak', a living cadaver feeds on the human blood of those it loves. The final story is set in Victorian London and, is, perhaps the masterpiece of the three. Titled “The Drop of Water”, it features Jacqueline Pierreux as Helen Chester, a nurse who steals a ring from a dead medium that she is preparing for burial. Violent and wildly imaginative despite its low budget, the film was highly edited for its American release, but in both versions its chilling imagery is indelible, lasting long in the mind after the movie ends.
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