BLACK SABBATH (1963) Reviews and overview

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Black Sabbath is a 1963 Italian horror film anthology directed by Mario Bava (Black Sunday; A Bay of Blood; Lisa and the Devil; Shock).

The film comprises three horror stories: “The Wurdulak” (based on the novella The Family of the Vourdalak by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, and starring Boris Karloff), “The Drop of Water” and “The Telephone”. The original Italian title was I tre volti della paura “The Three Faces of Fear”.

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Reviews:

“Although anthology horror films are fiendishly difficult to pull off, in its original Italian version (as opposed to the reshuffled, re-scored travesty released in the US), Bava’s bold, expressionistic use of colour and lighting imposes a stylistic consistency on this disparate trio of tales. Boris Karloff’s sonorous intro and epilogue also help.” Time Out

Recent release:

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AIP English language version
New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
Trailers for Black SundayThe Crimson Cult

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