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.