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A Movie A Day: Quint worships BLACK SABBATH (1963)
Mama, I’m cold. Mama, let me in. I’m cold.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s installment of A Movie A Day. [For those now joining us, A Movie A Day is my attempt at filling in gaps in my film knowledge. My DVD collection is thousands strong, many of them films I haven’t seen yet, but picked up as I scoured used DVD stores. Each day I’ll pull a previously unseen film from my collection and discuss it here. Each movie will have some sort of connection to the one before it, be it cast or crew member.] Today we jump from Mark Robson to Mario Bava via Boris Karloff. As a good horror fan, I had of course known BLACK SABBATH’s reputation, but for whatever reason I’ve only seen a handful of of Mario Bava’s movies. Thankfully I have the two Mario Bava box sets put out by the wonderful Anchor Bay to help remedy that. And remedy it I fucking will. BLACK SABBATH (aka THE THREE FACES OF FEAR) rocked my world.

I think I’m turning into an old woman because this is the second movie this week to genuinely creep me out, to get under my skin and make me utter “Fuck that!” to the TV as it played. The flick opens with Boris Karloff as himself welcoming you to the movie (he has a similar outro, but he’s in character at the end and the camera pulls back showing the crew and assuring the audience it was only a movie), a series of three stories of terror. Each story is good and every story is better than the one before it. I’ll break them down for the meat of this column. The Telephone

Basically you have a precursor to the rash of telephone stalker movies that hit in the ‘70s and ‘80s and were revitalized by Wes Craven with SCREAM in the ‘90s. Movies like BLACK CHRISTMAS (original and shitty remake) and WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (original and shitty remake), and more recently the original and shitty remake of ONE MISSED CALL… I guess phones can be really scary things… at least heavily remade scary things. Here a beautiful, curvy woman Michele Mercier, arrives home and starts to disrobe, getting ready for bed when the phone rings. She picks up, no answer. You know how it goes. A few more no-answers then a whisper of a voice tells her it’s time for revenge and she’s going to die before dawn.

The whisperer can apparently see Mercier, describing her change of clothing, the lighting in the room and constantly freaks this poor lady out. But who is the whisperer? This is my least favorite of the three stories, but it is very clever. It didn’t fall into any formula I was expecting and the ending is a dark twist on a twist, reminiscent of some of the darker EC Tales From The Crypt stories. The Wurdalak The Wurdalak is a type of vampire and I gotta say, I loved the mythology of this segment. Having a vampire that only kills people he loves… the more he loves the person, the more desperate he is to drink their blood… Fantastically demented. You have Mark Damon, a square jawed hero type who comes across a beheaded body while traveling, arriving at a little country inn, meeting a family living in terror of the Wurdalak. The body he found, without a head and a dagger still stuck in its heart, belongs to the Wurdalak, the dagger property of the family. Turns out the father is missing, having gone out 5 days before to hunt the Wurdalak. He left instructions that if he was to return after 5 days, his sons were to stab him in the heart because if it took him that long, he’d be returning a Wurdalak himself. The body is evidence that the father succeeded in his mission, but where is he? As the clock chimes midnight, marking the 5th day, he stumbles up to the cottage. It’s technically after midnight, but it’s so close that the family lets him in.

It’s Boris Karloff, cloaked and bathed in purple light and it’s obvious to everyone watching that he’s been turned, but the family stubbornly refuses to see it. Of course, he just kind of acts pissed off and grumpy, not really threatening at the beginning, so they aren’t all that stupid and once his true colors are revealed everyone acts accordingly. I wasn’t prepared for how dark this tale went. I know it’s sick to admit, but I love horror movies that aren’t afraid to kill kids and this one little innocent boy, Karloff’s Grandson, is taken first. It’s not that I enjoy seeing children in peril, but it sets a bar for the film… it’s a taboo not often broken, so when a film does break it you don’t know what else they’re willing to do, what further dark places it’s willing to go. Of course, the kid comes back, calling for his mother in a moment I’m positive Tobe Hooper “homaged” in SALEM’S LOT. The lighting, the creep factor… all there. There is no way out for any of the characters in this story and I loved how smartly they set up each one falling, leading to an ending you can see coming, but that’s kind of the point. You know the bridge is out and the train isn’t going to stop in time, no matter how much you don’t want to see it plummet into the chasm, you know?

Karloff is awesome, as usual, and the rest of the cast are perfect for their characters. The Drop of Water By far my favorite story of the bunch. Karloff creeped me out a little in the last story, but this is the one that made me shout “Fuck that!” at my TV. I’ll show you the image in a minute… the horrible, horrible nastiness… The Drop Of Water is a tale about nurse called to the home of a crazy old woman who has recently passed away. In her final years, this woman became more and more obsessed with death and held séances regularly and if you listen closely to the maid who lets the nurse, Jacqueline Pierreux, in you find out that these séances have been pretty successful. The old woman died during the last séance. The doctor has already come and gone, declaring the death and now it’s the lady’s job to dress the body and prepare her for the undertaker. Now, the make-up for the old lady is in no way realistic, but is in every way fucking wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Evil goddamned wrong. Which makes it right. Here’s what got me to shout “Fuck that” at my TV:

See, you probably just shouted “Fuck that” at your computer screen. I know I probably will when this goes live. Of course, Pierreux sees a priceless ring on the corpse’s finger and swipes it. If you saw that fucking face looking at you, I don’t care if it’s wearing Scarlett Johansson’s vagina, I’m treating it as a wash. Oh well, maybe I’ll rob the next one that doesn’t look like the Dark One’s evil sister. The moment she takes the ring, a fly appears on the ring finger of the corpse, causing her to slap it away, dropping the ring in the process. Of course there’s a small scare and she knocks over a glass, dripping water into a bowl. She rights it, but when she gets home, the fly returns as does the sound of dripping water, slowly driving her to hysteria before the woman returns to reclaim her property. And the ending to this segment is the bee’s knees. It’s one my favorite horror vignettes of all time now. Final Thoughts: There’s not a bad story in the bunch and you can feel the inspiration this film had on horror. Was there a horror anthology that predated this? Maybe, but I can’t think of one. Even so, you can see the influence this had on later films, but the tone is what still sets this one apart. The stories are largely taken completely straight, avoiding camp or dark humor as would come to be the norm thanks to Tales From The Crypt. I absolutely loved this movie.

The schedule for the next 7 days is: Friday, September 5th: BLACK SUNDAY (1960) Saturday, September 6th: TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE (1972) Sunday, September 7th: TRAGIC CEREMONY (1972) Monday, September 8th: LISA AND THE DEVIL (1976) Tuesday, September 9th: BARON BLOOD (1972) Wednesday, September 10th: A SHOT IN THE DARK (1964) Thursday, September 11th: THE PINK PANTHER (1964) Tomorrow we jump back a few years to Mario Bava’s first feature, the infamous BLACK SUNDAY (aka THE MASK OF SATAN). See you folks then! -Quint

Previous Movies: June 2nd: Harper
June 3rd: The Drowning Pool
June 4th: Papillon
June 5th: Gun Crazy
June 6th: Never So Few
June 7th: A Hole In The Head
June 8th: Some Came Running
June 9th: Rio Bravo
June 10th: Point Blank
June 11th: Pocket Money
June 12th: Cool Hand Luke
June 13th: The Asphalt Jungle
June 14th: Clash By Night
June 15th: Scarlet Street
June 16th: Killer Bait (aka Too Late For Tears)
June 17th: Robinson Crusoe On Mars
June 18th: City For Conquest
June 19th: San Quentin
June 20th: 42nd Street
June 21st: Dames
June 22nd: Gold Diggers of 1935
June 23rd: Murder, My Sweet
June 24th: Born To Kill
June 25th: The Sound of Music
June 26th: Torn Curtain
June 27th: The Left Handed Gun
June 28th: Caligula
June 29th: The Elephant Man
June 30th: The Good Father
July 1st: Shock Treatment
July 2nd: Flashback
July 3rd: Klute
July 4th: On Golden Pond
July 5th: The Cowboys
July 6th: The Alamo
July 7th: Sands of Iwo Jima
July 8th: Wake of the Red Witch
July 9th: D.O.A.
July 10th: Shadow of A Doubt
July 11th: The Matchmaker
July 12th: The Black Hole
July 13th: Vengeance Is Mine
July 14th: Strange Invaders
July 15th: Sleuth
July 16th: Frenzy
July 17th: Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
July 18th: Cadillac Man
July 19th: The Sure Thing
July 20th: Moving Violations
July 21st: Meatballs
July 22nd: Cast a Giant Shadow
July 23rd: Out of the Past
July 24th: The Big Steal
July 25th: Where Danger Lives
July 26th: Crossfire
July 27th: Ricco, The Mean Machine
July 28th: In Harm’s Way
July 29th: Firecreek
July 30th: The Cheyenne Social Club
July 31st: The Man Who Knew Too Much
August 1st: The Spirit of St. Louis
August 2nd: Von Ryan’s Express
August 3rd: Can-Can
August 4th: Desperate Characters
August 5th: The Possession of Joel Delaney
August 6th: Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx
August 7th: Start the Revolution Without Me
August 8th: Hell Is A City
August 9th: The Pied Piper
August 10th: Partners
August 11th: Barry Lyndon
August 12th: The Skull
August 13th: The Hellfire Club
August 14th: Blood of the Vampire
August 15th: Terror of the Tongs
August 16th: Pirates of Blood River
August 17th: The Devil-Ship Pirates
August 18th: Jess Franco’s Count Dracula
August 19th: Dracula A.D. 1972
August 20th: The Stranglers of Bombay
August 21st: Man, Woman & Child
August 22nd: The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
August 23rd: The Young Philadelphians
August 24th: The Rack
August 25th: Until They Sail
August 26th: Somebody Up There Likes Me
August 27th: The Set-Up
August 28th: The Devil & Daniel Webster
August 29th: Cat People
August 30th: The Curse of the Cat People
August 31st: The 7th Victim
September 1st: The Ghost Ship
September 2nd: Isle of the Dead
September 3rd: Bedlam

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  • Sept. 4, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck That!

    by Quint

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Just recently watched "Black Sunday."

    by Lenny Nero

    Definitely looking forward to that.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Christ, I'm not gonna sleep tonight

    by Movietool

    That is a seriously scary image.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Evil goddamned wrong.

    by fiester

    I read that and saw the photo of the woman and thought you were talking about Sarah Palin.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    hrmm... maybe a change of photo is in order... naw....

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    by wuher da brewer

    I really enjoyed this. I'd seen Black Sunday previously but didn't get to enjoy Sabbath until I picked up the Anchor Bay box sets. I'll be looking forward to the Bava segment. Are you going to review Planet of the Vampires? The earliest horror anthology I've seen is Dead of Night from 1945. I'm a big fan of the horror anthology. I absolutely love Creepshow. The Amicus pictures are good too and by the names, you can tell some are inspired by E.C. Comics. Amicus Anthologies: Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Torture Garden, The House that Dripped Blood, Asylum, Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, and From Beyond the Grave.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by macheesmo3

    The colors of this film are fantastic ( and really show the influence Bava had on Argento). I like the Wurdalak story bestest . But none of them are weak . In my top 20 horror films list !

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Dead Of Night

    by Quint

    I'm actually looking to add that one to my list. It's one of the highest rated horror films on IMDB that I haven't seen.<BR><BR>I really dig Planet of the Vampires. I've seen that one and Danger Diabolik and Kidnapped prior to doing this column. Strange that I'm such a horror nut and I've seen three non-horror Bava movies.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Scared the poop outta me

    by Uncle Bastard

    Black Sabbath is one of my favorite films. When that dead creepy bitch looks at the chick from the bed, then rises from it, I nearly dropped anchor.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by espin39

    You can play this one instantly through netflix to any who have a subscription. I am now, thanks for continuing these awesome recommendations.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Quint, prepare to say Fuck That on Black Sunday

    by TylerDurden3395

    at least once, if not twice. Also, tell me if Barbara Steele isn't the most goddamn hottest women you've ever seen in your life in that movie. Even when her face was all fucked up, I'd still hit it.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST

    A drop of water

    by Powerring

    Scared the piss out of me as a kid. It was the single scariest thing I had ever seen. The visual and psychological shock value of the dead medium showing up in the bed, and again to block escape. The other stories were very good (especially Wurdilak for the aforementioned reasons of breaking taboo. But I got the creeps going to my bedroom for weeks after seeing drop of water. That, is effective horror!!

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Danger Diabolik

    by wuher da brewer

    I've wanted to see that one. I understand its a comic book movie. I guess you could call me a horror nut. I have almost 600 horror films on dvd. I even bought a handful this week.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Dead of Night

    by ushaped

    I was going to mention this one as probably the earliest anthology horror movie. 2 creepy stories, 1 comedic and the "wrapper" story that has a great ending!

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    LIke you, I have a few

    by wuher da brewer

    in my collection I have yet to see. Though I've seen over 95% of them.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Hell of a week coming up.

    by zombiwolf

    You're in for a treat...presuming you continue with the Pink Panther series. Pink Panther Strikes Again really tickled me.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I love anthologies this looks cool

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I too have never seen the Pink Panther. The only scene I've ever seen, and not sure which panther movie it was from, was where Clouseau is looking for his little Asian cohort. He's in the apartment, waiting to pounce. Clouseau knows this, but can't find him. Then, he figures oh well, goes to the fridge, and the guy leaps out of the fridge. That was too funny.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST

    I'm a horror nut too

    by zombiwolf

    and the only Mario Bava film I've seen is 'Shock' which is pretty bitchin'. I've seen more of Lamberto's movies than Mario's. Fucked up.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I've only seen "A Shot in the Dark" and the original PP

    by TerryMalloy

    Liked the former, did not like the latter.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Is that Helena Bonham Carter?

    by TheNorthlander

    Anyway, thanks for the review. I'll get a copy of this one.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:43 p.m. CST

    First horror anthology I remember seeing

    by Volstaff

    was "Trilogy of Terror",starring Karen Black. The only one that really got to me was the one with the little voodoo doll that came to life. Was definitely a "Fuck That!" moment for a 10 yr old kid anyway.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by Kraken

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Buying black sabbath

    by Powerring

    I found the DVD on for about $10.00. The dead medium does look like Amy Winehouse.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I loved The Wurdalak

    by Geekgasm

    Scary, creepy, and sad, all at once, and progressively-scarier-and-scarier-looking Karloff pining away for that kind has a definite incest subtext that completely creeped me out. And the whole thing is gorgeous to look at. The cinematography, the shot compositions, and *especially* the surreal lighting were just beautiful. That segment was lit like an episode of the original Star Trek on acid. Loved it.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I love horror...

    by AlibyebyeEssmob

    ...and Bava is a genius. I love Black Sunday and Black Sabbath deeply. Bava is my favorite Italian horror director.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    pink panther

    by StormyMonday

    Doesn't The Pink Panther come before Shot in the Dark? Not sure how much it matters but still...

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by The Eskimo

    ....PLEAE PLEASE PLEASE do an all horror movie countdown for the 31 days leading up to Halloween. that would be awesome!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    StormyMonday is right...

    by rost

    Pink Panther ist the first in the Clouseau series. After that comes A Shot in the Dark.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 12:57 a.m. CST

    uh pink panther is from 1963

    by Prossor

    after all do you really think peter sellers had four fucking movies released in one year? 64 he did shot in the dark, strangelove, and henry orient.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I Too Saw This As A Youngster In The Early 1970's

    by Red Dawn Don

    I remember the story about the dripping water. The other 2 stories are somewhere in my brain, I may have blocked them out for my sanity. I scare easily. I remember how the film had that NonAmerican European feel to it, that made it feel quite surreal. Very creepy movie indeed.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Black Sabbath

    by DuncanHines

    I've always wanted to see this movie, what with the band being one of my all time favorites. After the "Fuck That" shot, I now have to see this movie. Thanks, Quint.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    I'd hit it

    by ironic_name

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Fuck that shit is right

    by surprider

    Finally seeing this one get some kind of recognition,...saw it when i was a kid and was never the same since..would i watch "drop of water" alone? older now but i say fuck that shit...hell hell hell to the no!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    or, I'd FUCK THAT!

    by ironic_name

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST

    bava baby

    by otis von zipper

    I think all Bava is worth watching,even non-horror like "4 Times that Night'. But there is something about "Lisa and the Devil" that is extra....weird. Very surreal, almost like a David Lynch. Also, try to find "Hatchet for the Honeymoon" and "5 Dolls for an August Moon". Oh damn, and we can't forget "The Body and the Whip"!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    by The_Skook

    'Dead of Night' is truly creepy, the best segment being the ventriloquist one with Michael Redgrave. Some of the movie is a bit predictable by modern standards, but it gave me sleepness nights when I shouldn't have seen it as kid. Thanks for the 'Black Sabbath' review Quint, going to seek this out now. 'Shot in the Dark' is just brilliant, not least for the wonderful George Sanders!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    don't judge me - I'm horny!

    by ironic_name

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST

    that woman is fucked up

    by El Borak

    gave me a jolt! ughh.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST


    by fuxkinski

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    ooops! Wrong button!

    by fuxkinski

    I have been reading your AMAD since you started it and I must say, that 1.) it is a very entertaining column, nicely written and always worth a look with an interesting selection 2.) I am at least once a week flabbergasted by what you HAVE NOT seen! -> is that for real or just a ruse to write about what you fancy? Take the BAVA pics for instance - this should have been on anyones agenda much, much earlier. I remember seeing "Black Sabbath" at a midnight screening when I was just 14 or 15 (and yes, the "Drop of water" story scared me most then - now (older and wiser *cough*) I prefer the "Wurdulak" episode most. And, bliss, it is shown in some days at my favorite cultural institution : check this out and get envious : And "Black Sunday" was a favorite of mine since I was 11 (thanks to public TV station ARD!) when I didn't know who Bava was yet! I am dying to see this one on a big screen! Your next Bava pics are all wonderful and absolutely imperative to have watched (even if you don't like horror movies), so I am looking foward to yourxt AMAD postings. Habe die Ehre Fuxkinski

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Love Bava, love this film

    by Boba Fat

    It cool to see it getting so much love here, it's the perfect Halloween film and I agree with everyone who enjoys anthology horror films, they're a lost art. You've also got to love that crazy end shot of Karloff on the fake horse and all the guys running round him with branches!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Dead of Night

    by Continentalop

    I mentioned it a couple of days ago and glad to see you add it to your list. Far from a perfect movie, but it does have a couple of creepy, scary moments and you can see how it influenced future movies. If I can also suggest Waxworks (1924), to my knowledge is the first horror anthology movie.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 3:35 a.m. CST

    more bava

    by Prossor

    see hercules in the haunted world his only swords and sandals. it's a trippy good movie with great fantastic subterranean visuals of hades.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 5:36 a.m. CST

    My favourite Bava movie!

    by DerLanghaarige

    And yes, the band Black Sabbath is named after this movie. According to Ozzy they didn't come up with a good name, looked out of the window, saw a movie theatre with a Black Sabbath marquee and took that name.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    BTW, the German DVD has a great documentary...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...about bava as bonus feature.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Ironic's been spending too much

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    time in the outback it seems.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST

    What is this that stands before me?

    by Right Bastard

    "Look at that movie, Ozzy. People are paying money to have the shit scared out of themselves" <p> "Dear Mum, Just changed the band name from 'Earth' to 'Black Sabbath'. Maybe we'll hit the big time (ha ha). Love, John"

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    QUINT: now that you've watched all the Val Lewton films

    by Right Bastard

    check out Scorsese's documentary: <p> While you're at it, these two Scorsese docs are also worth it: <p> <p>

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Quint - regarding the pink panther films

    by hst666

    You are aware that the Pink Panther is the first film and A Shot in the Dark was the first sequel. Not sure why you are scheduling them out of order.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Remember this one well

    by r_number6

    I first saw this one alone in my apartment, well after midnight. The "Drop of Water" corpse may be the single creepiest thing I've ever seen. I turned on every light after that story. Didn't help much. The version I saw showed Drop of Water second, then The Wurdulak. Although Drop fo water was scarier, it actually worked better, I thought, with The Wurdulak being last. It's the most atmospheric of the three segments and has the best story. <p> It would be very cool to be able to assemble your own horror anthology DVD. Take the best segments from this, House that Dripped Blood, Asylum, etc. Imagine Drop of Water and Prey from Trilogy of Terror back to back. FUCK THAT!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Speaking of classic horror anthologies...

    by r_number6

    There's a Japanese anthology from about that same time called "Kwaidan," which is Japanese for "ghost story." I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but it is very highly rated on IMDB and is available from Netflix. From screen shots I've seen of it, some of the cinematography reminded me somewhat of The Wurdulak. The stories are all based on traditional Japanese ghost stories with all of them taking place in feudal Japan. I just made it my next Netflix selection. I'll let you know if it's worth adding to your list, Quint (assuming you haven't seen it yet).

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I just made that picture my wallpaper.

    by Knuckleduster

    Can't wait till the next time someone uses my computer. That shit burns straight into the retina. I see it every time I close my eyes.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Which language version?

    by Grand Moff Toht

    I watched a DVD of Black Sabbath in its original Italian (has English subtitles). Was better than the English language American version, the music score was different because for the American version, American International used their resident composer Les Baxter. Also, the stories were presented in different order, with Wurdulak being last. And there were some cuts in the American version to the Telephone. So in some ways the Italian version is better, but the biggest thing missing from the Italian version is... Boris Karloff's voice. They dubbed him in Italian. Now, when you're watching a Karloff horror film, everything else can be right but if you're not hearing Boris's voice but some melodramatic Italian guy's, well... it was kinda jarring.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by hammerman1

    I'm not sure if anyone has clarified it yet but he's starting with A Shot in the Dark because it connects with the actress from Baron Blood (for those questioning it). By the way, Bava said that Drop of Water was his favorite of all his films, and personally I can't disagree. Quint, if you like Sabbath and Sunday, you should love KILL, BABY KILL!

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by jmyoung666


  • Sept. 5, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST

    You can see this on Youtube...

    by sfzapgun

    I just did. Serious "Fuck That!" moment indeed. The Bitch sits up and floats too...

  • Sept. 6, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    From Black Sabbath to Abel Salazar

    by Abdul_Alhazred

    Black Sabbath is easily one of the best films of the period. This used to run on Channel 11 out here in Southern California when I was a kid in the 70's...scared the peewinkling bejesus out of me. The ghost of the medium from "The Drop of Water" was the benchmark for weird ass horror movie women ever since. As a note, if no one has already mentioned it, the band DID take their name from this film. When the true Italian cut of the movie was made available on DVD, I grabbed it immediately. I'd say all true horror fans should do the same. The lighting and sound effects in "The Drop Of Water" are worth it alone. Can't forget King Karloff, either. He's legitimately creepy in "The Wurdalak". And hot Italian/Spanish babes go a long way, too. Check it out, you'll be glad you did. Good choice, Quint. School remnains in session. Check out the Italian film Terror In The Crypt if you get the chance. Some creepy shit in there too (if my adolescent memory serves), which will most likely lead you to Abel Salazar's Mexican Vampire movies.