Mario Bava

Mario Bava (31 July 1914 – 25 April 1980) was an Italian director, screenwriter, special effects artist, and cinematographer remembered as one of the greatest names from the "golden age" of Italian horror films. 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 Istituto 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.


Recent Reviews

Five Dolls for an August Moon

A group of people on a remote island find themselves trapped with a killer who's bumping them off one by one. I have found that I often like Bava films...

A Bay of Blood

I have been watching some Bava lately and I quite enjoyed it. I thought the ending seemed rushed or really odd, with the children killing the parents and such, but...

Lisa and the Devil

This is one of the most colorful and devastating horror films I've ever seen. The brutality strikes much harder on a second viewing. We are all lucky to have it.

Black Sunday

Loved it!

Black Sunday

The gothic atmosphere is kicked up to level 11 in this Bava masterpiece. It's replete with the most delicious black and white cinematography reminiscent of German Expressionism and served with...