An anthology as a great representation of Bava's career of methodical, slow storytelling when dealing with an antiqued, gothic past (The Wurdalak;) if limited creativity and narrow scope when dealing with modernity (The Telephone;) and contains his commitment to eye-pleasing aesthetics and diabolical atmosphere that's simply ravishing and can rise a basic plot/simple story into gorgeous terror (The Drop of Water.)
Three horror stories for the price of one. All three stories have different type of atmospheric styles too - one is a psychological thriller, one a ordinary thriller and one is pure Gothic horror. There is a lot of beautiful European starlets in distress and I like that it doesn't take itself too seriously - which we especially can see in the film's priceless final shot, but see the original Italian version.
(Vukekparonleweb) Anthologie de 3 courts de Mario Bava. Le 1er relève du thriller et annonce directemt Scream avec son téléphone; le script n'est cpdt pas à la hauteur (2,5/5). Le 2e revient à l'horreur gothique et revisite le thème du vampire.Plus abouti (Boris Karloff incroyable de charisme), le script est encore un peu faible (3,5/5). Enfin le 3e est LA gemme: histoire de fantôme bien menée et vrmt flippante (5/5)
Gorgeous production is always to be expected when I watch a Mario Bava film, and with Black Sabbath, I get three tales to enjoy and take in the visual splendor. All three tales, though maybe a bit easy call-the ending of the film makes note of this beautifully-are delightfully entertaining and nonetheless exceptionally paced and directed. Bravo Bava!
Italian version. Bava's trio of terrors represent an excellent time capsule of cinematic horror for the period as well as provide an early example of the giallo genre in the first entry. Best in show is the third entry (A Drop of Water) which is truly terrifying with its practical makeup effects. A fun ride throughout.
Except from the scenarios, specially on "The Wurdulak", the first two tales haven't done much for me... very obvious, no help from the acting nor the dubbing... as for "The Drop of Water", it sure keeps up with the "best for last" saying. I was hoping for the second one to be better (hey! Vampires!), but the last one surprised me enough to save the whole experience. I'll definitely check some other Mario Bava's out.
This type of horror just doesn’t do much for me. The set designs look fake and give off a phony and stagey vibe, and the stories themselves just aren’t scary. The atmosphere and look of everything just has a very obvious set design appearance. Feel like I could punch my hand through the plastery stone walls of the crypts.