MARIO BAVA WEEK: Kidnapped/Rabid Dogs (filmed in 1973, released in 1998)

Lisa and the Devil was shelved after a negative reception at the Cannes Market. A Bay of Blood was a box office disappointment. So Mario Bava decided to do something unlike any of his other films — developing a “poliziotteschi” film. According to Roberto Curti’s Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980, poliziotteschi films “generally featured graphic and brutal violence, organized crime, car […]

BAVA WEEK: Baron Blood (1972)

There’s an urban legend called The Well to Hell, which claims that you can hear Hell through a hole in the earth and there have even been audio recordings posted as proof. Those recordings have been revealed to be the soundtrack to this film. That should tell you what you’re getting into. Peter Kleist arrives […]

BAVA WEEK: Lisa and the Devil (1973)

By the late 60’s, a series of commercial failures caused Mario Bava to lose his deal with American International Pictures, but the successes of Twitch of the Death Nerve and Baron Blood turned his fortunes around. Now, he was allowed to make movies without studio interference. Bava was allowed to create Lisa and the Devil as a non-commercial film, but […]

BAVA WEEK: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Using some of the same sets from Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis, Mario Bava (Blood and Black Lace, Black Sunday) created a masterpiece with this film. Featuring Reg Park (who appeared in four Hercules films and was considered a mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Christopher Lee (The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Wicker Man, everything good and right […]

MARIO BAVA WEEK STARTS TOMORROW!

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be spending a week celebrating one of our favorite directors and his remarkable filmography! Here are the movies we’ve picked to share with you: Hatchet for the Honeymoon: Fashion. Oedipal complexes. Murder. Wedding dresses. And even a meta wink to past Bava films. This one truly has it all. Hercules in the […]

The Weekend Murders (1970)

Known in Italy as Concerto per Pistola Solista (Concert for Solo Gun), this Michele Lupo (Arizona Colt) film takes place in England instead of the Italy we’ve come to depend on for our giallo adventures. As a family comes to an estate for the reading of the will of Henry Carter, Second Earl of Vale, and get […]