29 July 2014

Black Sunday (1960)
87 min.
Directed by Mario Bava.
With Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Ivo Garrani, Andrea Checchi, Arturo Dominici, Enrico Olivieri.
The classic Italian horror film which established Mario Bava (previously a cinematographer) as a pioneering directorial force in horror.

Black Sunday is a visual treat filled with wonderfully gothic and creepy imagery. It made star Barbara Steele an International star. She plays two roles: a witch who is executed at the beginning of the film (by having a spiked mask hammered onto her face!) and a princess whom the witch tries to possess. For anyone is interested in discovering Bava's work, this is the best place to start, hands down.

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