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
Three stories: a pre-giallo and two gothic tales. Two moments that marked my teenage years: the face of the dead countess and the last scene of the movie when Mario Bava reveals to the audience the handmade special effects he's using to scare us. Bava didn't need computers and money to make a movie, he was only a man in love with cinema. Respect. Highly recommended.
Black Sabbath is not only an entertainingly eerie horror anthology, but the last story is one of the few things to actually scare the shit out of me. The progression of stories from intriguing ("The Telephone") to disturbing ("The Wurdalak") to straight up frightening ("The Drop of Water") was great. The deranged Karloff into & outros were a little too goofy for me but the behind the scenes end was cool.
Altro notevole lavoro di Bava,che ha anche il merito del titolo ispiratore.Tre episodi(di cui il terzo è il più debole)girati con una grande padronanza del mezzo e con la solita attenzione alla fotografia e ai dettagli cromatici.Qualche scena di morte che arranca un pò(ma stiamo cmq parlando di 50 anni fà),ma i tempi e gli spazi interni sono gestiti alla grande.Bellissimo il primo episodio.Un Bava da 4*.