Certainly one of Bava's better films, Blood And Black Lace dances the border between artful vividity and lurid garishness as well as any of the Italian classics. I personally find...
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.
KidnappedA brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment, KIDNAPPED involves a gang of criminals who, when their robbery goes wrong, take a woman, man and sick child hostage and embark on a tension-fueled getaway. In a departure from his more audacious visual style, Bava keeps the action...Watch Movie
Lisa and the DevilRegarded as Mario Bava's most personal and unconventional film, LISA AND THE DEVIL (LISA E IL DIAVOLO) is a diabolical thriller flavored with the dreadful imagery and tormenting logic of an endless nightmare. Elke Sommer stars as a tourist in Spain who, upon seeing the image...Watch Movie
The House of ExorcismAfter some distributors found LISA AND THE DEVIL too mystifying for release, producer Alfredo Leone (with Mario Bava's uncredited assistance) hired veteran actor Robert Alda, shot additional scenes and transformed LISA into THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM, capitalizing on the popularity...Watch Movie
Baron BloodAfter spending several years exploring more contemporary genres, director Mario Bava (BLACK SUNDAY) returned with BARON BLOOD to the gothic as a setting for a gruesome thriller. Working with producer Alfredo Leone, Bava crafted a film that is loyal to the bylaws of traditional horror, but is...Watch Movie
A Bay of BloodOne of the most influential horror films of all time, Mario Bava's A BAY OF BLOOD (aka TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE) is the spurting artery from which all future slasher films would flow. When crippled Countess Federica is murdered at her isolated mansion, a gruesome battle ensues to secure the...Watch Movie
Five Dolls for an August MoonFIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON is Mario Bava's deliriously mod spin on an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. Bava was so closely associated with the horror genre that this twisting mystery was never released in the U.S. but it is deliciously entertaining all the same. A space age...Watch Movie
Hatchet for the HoneymoonSeven years after innovating the grisly Italian genre known as giallo, Mario Bava returned to the form to create one of its deliriously frightening examples: HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (IL ROSSO SEGNO DELA FOLLIA). Stephen Forsyth stars as John Harrington, the head of an...Watch Movie
Black SabbathOne of the great horror anthology films and Mario Bava's personal favorite of his works, BLACK SABBATH solidified the director's reputation as Europe's maestro of the macabre. In THE TELEPHONE, a woman is haunted by menacing phone calls from a former lover. THE WURDULAK stars Boris Karloff as a...Watch Movie
Blood and Black LaceAn unscrupulous business operating under the guise of a top fashion house with exotic models running sexual favors, cocaine dealings and blackmail, becomes a murder scene after someone is pushed to the edge. The saga begins when a beautiful model is brutally murdered and her...Watch Movie
The Whip and the FleshA controversial sado-masochistic film starring Christopher Lee that was mutilated in almost every country when it was initially released, THE WHIP AND THE FLESH is present here in the uncut European widescreen version! Nevenka's ex-lover (who is her husband's brother) Kurt has...Watch Movie
Black SundayIn one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in movie history, Mario Bava bridged the gap between the gothic horror picture and the European art film with BLACK SUNDAY (aka LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO or THE MASK OF SATAN). Made in 1960 and now considered a cult classic, it continues to...Watch Movie
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Surreal and captivating. Lisa and the Devil plays like some half-remembered fever dream, a twisted, disturbing nightmare that only makes realistic sense some of the time. This is far and...
Despite this being the 2001 completed version of Rabid Dogs called Kidnapped, and being warned that it was flawed, I found it highly enjoyable. It was gritty, pulling no punches...
Definitely see Lisa and the Devil before watching this, but The House of Exorcism does have a trashy charm to it. The exchanges between the possessed Lisa and the priest...
Although it is not the best film in Mario Bava's filmography, there are many small touches in Hatchet for the Honeymoon that draw me back to the movie many years...