A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients – an elderly medium who died during a seance. —IMDb
Mario Bava was born in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy. The son of Eugenio Bava, a sculptor who became a pioneer of special effects photography and subsequently one of the great cameramen of Italian silent pictures, Mario Bava’s first ambition was to become a painter. Unable to turn out paintings at a profitable rate, he went into his father’s business, working as an assistant to other Italian cinematographers like Massimo Terzano, while also offering assistance to his father who headed the special effects department at Benito Mussolini’s film factory, the Instituto LUCE.
Bava became a cinematographer in his own right in 1939, shooting two short films with Roberto Rossellini. He made his feature debut in the early 1940s. Bava’s camerawork was an instrumental factor in developing the screen personas of such stars of the period as Gina Lollobrigida, Steve Reeves and Aldo Fabrizi.
Bava co-directed his first genre film in 1958: Le morte viene dallo spazio (The Day the Sky Exploded… read more
Bava's page here quotes him as saying that "In a horror film, lighting is 70% of the effectiveness." He certainly knows what he's talking about; this was a great collection of three very entertaining and very colorful tales of the supernatural.
Really wonderful horror omnibus film: three short, creepy stories that fit together well. Definitely worth watching, though, for Bava's absolute mastery of Technicolor - few directors understood it as well as Mario did. "The Telephone" is beyond gorgeous. Plus, a perfect ending (I love a well-done pullback!)
these three stories went from scary to not so scary. I liked the first two stories but the last one was sort of a dud. the first one creeped me out though!