24 October 2014

Black Sabbath (1963)
92 min.
Directed by Mario Bava.
With Boris Karloff, Mark Damon, Jacqueline Pierreux, Michele Mercier, Susy Anderson, Lidia Alfonsi.
Masterful and utterly beautiful trilogy of horror tales from Master Bava is supported by strong photography, lush visuals and haunting themes.

Boris Karloff introduces the stories, the first of which tells of a poor girl harassed by menacing phone calls, presumably by her ex boyfriend recently released from prison. Or is it really her girlfriend with thoughts of amore on her mind? See for yourself.

The second story details the story of a family besieged by backwoods wunderlak vampires. When the family father (played by Karloff) goes out vampire hunting and returns behaving strangely, well, the family just ain't the same.

The final story tells the tale of a nurse who prepares the body of a recently deceased woman who was involved with the occult and seances. When she removes an attractive ring from the corpse's finger, the dead comes a callin'.

Excellent overall. See the uncut European version recently released here in the States, not the original U.S. cut video version.

Also known as The Three Faces of Fear.

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