Black Sabbath (1963) with Boris Karloff, directed by Mario Bava, American International

Watched Black Sabbath last night. An American International (yes!) flick directed by the Italian director Mario Bava.

3 “tales of terror” each introduced by Mr.Karloff. Indeed, the opening intro, his floating head warning you of possible vampires nearby (remember this would have originally been watched in a dark theater, maybe even with your hot date sitting next to you) is good stuff.

I missed much of the first tale. It looked creepy but having been absent for a much of the dramatic buildup I can’t comment too much (there was a nightmare inducing face, if you watch it or have seen it you’ll know what I’m talking about). The second story was a good time – a beautiful woman stalked by a ghost via telephone.

The last play was excellent. The Wurdalak is based on the Tolstoy, that’s Aleksey Tolstoy novella: The Family of the Vourdalak. In it  Karloff plays a family patriarch who died in the mountains chasing a Turkish bandit, but comes back for his family.

Black Sabbath was directed by Mario Bava, He made a lot of fun horror/mystery films (such as Lisa and the Devil, which I really enjoyed – Telly Savalas people!). I’m going to make it a point to watch some more of his stuff.


2 thoughts on “

  1. I can see why they would be favorites.

    I’m going on a bit of a Bava binge. Since Black Sabbath I’ve watched Danger Diabolik, Hercules in the Haunted World, and re-watched Lisa and the Devil.

    Which Bava or Argento films are your “must sees” or ones you’d watch again and again?


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