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This anthology features three chilling horror stories. "Il Telefono" is credited to Guy de Maupassant, although he never wrote such a story, and concerns a woman (Michele Mercier) receiving telephone calls from beyond the grave. "Wurdulak", by Alexei Tolstoi, stars Boris Karloff as an aging vampire who can only feed on those he loves. Co-starring Mark Damon and Susy Andersen, it is clearly the best story of the three. The final tale, "La Goccia d'Acqua," is falsely credited to Anton Chekhov. It features Jacqueline Pierreux stealing a ring from a corpse she is preparing for burial, only to be murdered by the old woman's ghost. The American version differs in four major areas: the print is shorter, the stories appear in a different order, there is a linking device with Karloff speaking directly to the audience from a foggy void, and Roberto Nicolosi's musical score is replaced with one by lounge-icon Les Baxter. The American release of the film is also missing a comic coda featuring Karloff riding on horseback (or is he?); this appears in most Eurpoean prints of the film, including Mario Bava's original cut. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi, Rovi
easily the best of mario bava
Posted by: cenobite7 from: north carolina on
boris karloff narrates this film which features three fantastic tales of the macabre. black sabbath is colorful, entertaining, & downright frightful. what more could one ask for in a horror film? many could even argue this is the best film of mario bava's career. i would dispute that either although he made many great films in his lifetime & inspired many a director. for those looking for a spooktacular flick, look no further. this one is very light on gore & violence but delivers on the suspense level. there is even a tad bit of dark humor displayed in fleeting moments making this one a sure keeper in your dvd collection. from the opening scene to the final clip, you won't be able to keep your eyes off the screen nor will your friends or family. if you absolutely can't wait for this be released next month, go ahead & buy the mario bava box set which features four other of his classics all for less than $50. while black sabbath is still my all-time favorite, the other four aren't a waste of time either. unpleasant dreams, my friends.
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This is not the version I wanted
Posted by: mfmayes from: San Jose.CA on
This version is in italian with english subtitles. Even the stories vary alot from the english version. Don't buy if you want the english version.
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Wasn't what I expected but still good
Posted by: AmberAndroid from: Mesa, AZ on
If you like older movies this is one for the books! I found out about this movie from The Babadook as the director found inspiration from this and other movies. Check it out!
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