Lisa And The Devil (1973 France)

“It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream – a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought – a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!”  Mark Twain “Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger.” While I think the horror films of Mario Bava vary tremendously in quality, this one impressed me. His direction was great—very, very artistic. [Read more…]

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Terrore nello spazio (1965 Italy)

planet2This motion picture (known as Planet Of The Vampires to English speakers) is a talky, slow-burning science fiction entry from Italy. Although the film is pretty unremarkable, it has developed a fairly sizeable cult following down the years. This is due in no small part to the fact that the film has been heavily raided for ideas by makers of bigger, more expensive and more “mainstream” movies in the intervening decades. The likes of Alien, Event Horizon and X-Men all owe something to this atmospheric Mario Bava flick. [Read more…]

I tre volti della paura (1963 Italy)

bk 1963You can’t speak Italian? Neither can I, so “Black Sabbath” it is. 1945’s Dead of Night introduced horror cinema to omnibus films, and Black Sabbath brought it back! Italian produced films were making a lot of money in the early 1960s and former cinematographer / horror genius Mario Bava was brought in to direct this compendium of horror tales. [Read more…]

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