KILL, BABY…KILL!
OPERAZIONE PAURA
1966, Kino Lorber, 83 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Forget the ridiculous title – this exquisite Gothic brings together several of Bava’s major themes: a murdered child who returns from the grave to exact vengeance, and a village blighted by its own ignorant evil. One of the most atmospheric, effective ghost stories ever filmed. Another of Bava’s efforts that was plagued with money problems, you would never know it from his use of the evocative, antiquated locations and the astonishingly superior camerawork. At times it assumes the hypnotic complexities of an M.C. Escher drawing, suffused from beginning to end with another superb Carlo Rustichelli score. With Erika Blanc, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart. "The last great piece of suggestive horror filmmaking." - Tim Lucas, The Darkside.


FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON
5 BAMBOLE PER LA LUNA D’AGOSTO
1970, NAOR World Media Films, 88 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

A clique of the idle rich gathered for a swinging weekend at an island beach house is murdered one by one in this ultra-groovy, Pop Art giallo. Soaked with a glamorously sleazy ambience and an absurd lounge music score by the great Piero Umiliani, FIVE DOLLS emerges as one of the pinnacles of 1970s Eurotrash cinema! Supremely entertaining, with more of Bava’s unique imagery that seems poised on that intangible borderline between sensual dream and inescapable nightmare. With William Berger, Edwige Fenech and Ira von Furstenberg.


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