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.


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.


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