In Paris, France, a crazed duchess, obsessed with retaining her youth, has her scientist lover kill various women and draining their blood for her use while a smug journalist seeks out leads for the so-called ‘vampire murders’ and links a local drug addict to the case whom is connected to the mad scientist. —IMDb
Freda was born in Alexandria Egypt of Italian parents. Educated in Milan, he became a sculptor, then a newspaper art critic, and then began a career in film in 1937 in the areas of screenwriting and production supervisor. He moved to film direction in 1942, beginning a career that lasted some forty years. Resisting the strong neo-realism trend in post-war Italy, Freda (with Vittorio Cottafavi) continued to make films in the historico-spectacular style, at which he developed a considerable mastery. He was a pioneer in Italy of horror-fantasy films, especially with I Vampiri and L’orrible segreto del dottor Hitchcock. From there he went to melodrama and spy films, and even made one western. Strong on visual style, Freda’s films had popular appeal, and were usually commercial successes. Several are French or other European co-productions. Freda used a number of aliases during his career, including (as director) Riccardo Freda Riccardo Freda and Riccardo Freda and (as screenwriter) Riccardo… read more
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