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776 Ratings

Black Sabbath

I tre volti della paura

Directed by Mario Bava
Italy, United Kingdom, 1963
  • Italian
  • English


Three atmospheric horror tales. A woman is terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from someone from her past; a Russian count stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy vampires; and a nurse makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients…

Our take

Italian horror master Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath is a macabre anthology MC’d by Boris Karloff!. One of Bava’s best loved films, it’s a bridge between old school Gothic horror and the eye-popping nightmares of his future.

Black Sabbath Directed by Mario Bava
Bava once stated that movies were “a magician’s forge”: “They allow you to build a story with your hands,” he said, “… at least, that’s what it means to me. What attracts me in movies is to be presented with a problem and be able to solve it. Nothing else; just to create an illusion, and effect, with almost nothing.” And that is exactly what one sees in this clever admission of handcrafted artistry. With Black Sabbath, Bava joyfully revels in the romanticized sentiment of movie magic.
October 14, 2015
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Sapphic flame embodied as a knife under a pillow. The panning camera gives a Manet view of a cadaver at the close, and that’s how La Voix Humaine becomes a terse giallo blueprint. “The Drop of Water” is the concluding segment, another use of a dissolving female psyche as the linchpin for a positively Minnellian mise en scène.
April 21, 2015
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Gargantuan, ornately designed sets consume so many square feet of Bava’s studio that lights appear to be just barely tucked out of frame, a limitation that only makes the film’s acrobatic camera wizardry all the more impressive. That the seams, ever so precariously implied, never quite show is a testament to the considered craft on display to saddle these potentially tawdry quickies with their necessary levels of punctuation.
November 27, 2013
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