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Friday, December 2, 2016

I Tre Volti Della Paura (aka Black Sabbath) (1963)

Three tales of horror and the supernatural from director Mario Bava: in THE TELEPHONE, a young woman (Michele Mercier) receives threatening phone calls. In THE WURDALACK, a family is threatened by vampires and in DROP OF WATER, a nurse's (Jacqueline Pierreux) greed brings a ghostly revenge. I watched the Italian version which is different than the American version is many ways. While I miss hearing Boris Karloff's voice in THE WURDALACK where he's dubbed into Italian, THE TELEPHONE is altered significantly in the U.S. version. The lesbian references have been eradicated and the motive behind the phone calls changed. In both versions, the Italian subtitles don't always match the English dubs. It's not one of Bava's best films as these are all about a half hour in length which doesn't give him much time to develop atmosphere or character but it's still an impressive horror anthology. My favorite of the three is THE TELEPHONE followed by DROP OF WATER and lastly, THE WURDALACK which is usually chosen as the best of the three. The Italian score is by Roberto Nicolosi and the U.S. by Les Baxter. With Mark Damon, Susy Andersen, Lidia Alfonsi and Massimo Righi. 

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