BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO
1960, NAOR World Media Films, 87 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Mario Bava’s first full film as a director stars Barbara Steele in a double role as a deathless witch and her own virginal descendant. With John Richardson and Ivo Garrani. “Still the No. 1 film of the Italian Horror renaissance, startlingly original and genuinely creepy.” - Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant. English dubbed print.


PIT AND THE PENDULUM
1961, Park Circus/MGM, 80 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

One of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest tales of terror gets the AIP treatment in this atmospheric chiller starring Vincent Price as Nicholas Medina, whose father was part of the Spanish Inquisition. When news spreads that Medina’s wife (Barbara Steele) is dead, her brother (John Kerr) investigates, only to discover that torture runs in the Medina family. Among the best of the Price-Corman collaborations, with a deliciously diabolical screenplay by Richard Matheson.


THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH
I LUNGHI CAPELLI DELLA MORTE
1964, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Antonio Margheriti

Years after a young woman is wrongly accused of murder and burned at the stake for witchcraft, her spirit returns home to stop her daughter from marrying the count responsible for her death. Barbara Steele stars in this gothic chiller from giallo master Antonio Margheriti.


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