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One of Mario Bava's Absolute Best

  • May 5, 2009
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.
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May 05, 2009
Not a big fan of giallo, but when its done right like Bava does it here--you gotta love it!
May 08, 2009
I like some giallos. Bava was an undisputed mastermind. I agree wholeheartedly with you. Many, many thanks!! Hugs!
May 05, 2009
Good stuff. I love the old Boris Karloff flicks and this one is a masterpiece! All hail Mario Bava!
May 20, 2009
This is one of my all-time favorites too. I actually bought one of the Bava Box sets which included this title. Good stuff! Thanks!!
May 02, 2011
aahh...how did I miss this before? nice work, Brian!
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Director: Mario Bava
Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 6, 1964
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Lamberto Bava
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: American International Pictures
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