BLACK SABBATH
TRE VOLTI DELLA PAURA
1963, Park Circus, 92 min, Italy/UK/France, Dir: Mario Bava

Reportedly director Mario Bava’s favorite of his films: three minimalist tales of terror, topped by “The Wurdelak,” with Boris Karloff as a ravenous Russian vampire. The film from which the famed heavy metal band took their name! In Italian with English subtitles.


THE BODY SNATCHER
1945, Warner Bros., 77 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi’s final film collaboration is this horror thriller adapted (by producer Val Lewton under a pseudonym) from a Robert Louis Stevenson short story set in 19th-century Edinburgh. When medical researcher Wolfe MacFarlane runs short of human cadavers, he turns to grave robber John Gray (Karloff, superb here). But as the doctor’s assistants (Lugosi and Russell Wade) learn, Gray doesn’t always wait until the bodies have been buried.


THE RAVEN (1935)
1935, Universal, 61 min, USA, Dir: Lew Landers

Demented, disappointed-in-love surgeon Bela Lugosi operates on escaped murderer Boris Karloff, disfiguring him. He then uses the tormented fugitive as an instrument for revenge against his enemies, including the woman (Irene Ware) who spurned him. One of Universal’s most maniacal chillers.


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