Boris Karloff narrates this film which features three fantastic tales of the macabre. In fact, he even plays a vampire (gasp!) in the third tale.
Black Sabbath is colorful, entertaining, & downright frightful. What more could one ask for in a horror film? Many could even argue this is the best film of Mario Bava's career. I wouldn't go that far as of right now but I do think it's definitely one of the best films he made.
For those looking for a spook-tacular flick, look no further. This one is very light on gore & violence but delivers on the suspense level. There is even a tad bit of dark humor displayed in fleeting moments making this one a sure keeper in your dvd collection. From the opening scene to the final clip, you won't be able to keep your eyes off the screen nor will your friends or family. Don't even try.
The first tale "The Telephone" basically is a short Giallo film about a beautiful, young woman receiving menacing phone calls from a man who just recently released from prison. The suspense in this yarn is definitely a great beginning & you would almost believe it to be the greatest although two more tales of terror have yet to reveal their secrets.
The second tale is also classic. "The Wurdulak" is a gorgeous story about a family whose elder has just become a vampire & is compelled to feast upon the ones he loves. Boris Karloff really took this role as the vampire & ran with it easily making this tale simply amazing.
The last tale is entitled "A Drop of Water" & may very well be the creepiest entry of the trilogy. This one involves a nurse who steals a ring from a recently deceased woman only to be hanuted by her vengeful spirit. As with the other entries, the color here is brilliant & the stories are well-written.
For those interested in great horror films or Italian cinema, this would certainly make a great place to begin.
*** out of **** Anthology films are not my favorite, but I do enjoy the well-made ones from time-to-time. Even more-so, I enjoy a HORROR anthology, and those don't come along too often. And when they do, sadly, they almost always turn out to be trash. This is because with an anthology film, you need to tell a story even if as a whole, the thing feels uneven. It's damn hard to make a good anthology film; one that makes sense and is worth the viewer's valuable time. But they've … more