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

Blood and Black Lace

Excellent selection!

A Bay of Blood

The Italians have such a care-free hand with logic and spatial relationships that it's almost child-like.

The Whip and the Flesh

After ten minutes of confusing narrative in mostly well-lit places, Bava brings on the shadows – lush, gothic dreams of indigo and ink that become increasingly imaginative and remarkable as...

Black Sabbath


Black Sunday

Gothic story of witches, castles and crypts with modern gore and luridness and some of the best black-and-white horror cinematography ever. Actors cast heavy, foreboding shadows as they pass through...