TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA
1963, Park Circus, 92 min, Italy/UK/France, Dir: Mario Bava
Reportedly director Mario Bava’s favorite of his films: three minimalist tales of terror, topped by “The Wurdelak,” with Boris Karloff as a ravenous Russian vampire. The film from which the famed heavy metal band took their name! In Italian with English subtitles.
1966, Kino Lorber, 83 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava
Forget the ridiculous title – this exquisite Gothic brings together several of Bava’s major themes: a murdered child who returns from the grave to exact vengeance, and a village blighted by its own ignorant evil. One of the most atmospheric, effective ghost stories ever filmed. Another of Bava’s efforts that was plagued with money problems, you would never know it from his use of the evocative, antiquated locations and the astonishingly superior camerawork. At times it assumes the hypnotic complexities of an M.C. Escher drawing, suffused from beginning to end with another superb Carlo Rustichelli score. With Erika Blanc, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart. «The last great piece of suggestive horror filmmaking.» — Tim Lucas, The Darkside.