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.

Filmography

Recent Reviews

Blood and Black Lace

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...


Lisa and the Devil

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...


Kidnapped

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...


The House of Exorcism

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...


Hatchet for the Honeymoon

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...