May 13, 2016
Review #792: Black Sabbath.
Boris Karloff (Gorca, segment "The Wurdalak"), Mark Damon (Vladimire d'Urfe, segment "The Wurdalak"), Michèle Mercier (Rosy, segment "The Telephone"), Susy Andersen (Sdenka, segment "The Wurdalak"), Lidia Alfonsi (Mary, segment "The Telephone"), Jacqueline Pierreux (Helen Chester, segment "The Drop of Water"), Glauco Onorato (Giorgio, segment "The Wurdalak"), Massimo Righi (Pietro, segment "The Wurdalak"), Milly Monti (The Maid, segment "The Drop of Water"), Gustavo De Nardo (Police Inspector, segment "The Drop of Water"), Rika Dialyna (Maria, segment "The Wurdalak"), and Harriet Medin (Neighbor, segment "The Drop of Water") Directed by Mario Bava.
With Year One (of college, anyway) done with, it only makes sense that I try to deliver some content to you loving folks (and hope that you didn't forget about me in the delays). And what better day to bring luck than Friday of all days? Black Sabbath is the American International Pictures cut of "I tre volti della paura", which was an Italian-French production. The original version was in Italian and had the order of stories changed, with "The Drop of Water" being the last one shown instead of "The Wurdalak", along scenes of violence and other various things (especially in "The Telephone") being edited in the AIP cut. Karloff not only stars in one of the segments, but he also acts as the host of the film, introducing the three segments anyone might try to do in a horror film, but Karloff (even in his aging state) manages to make it work with his voice. As for the segments, "The Wurdalak" is probably my favorite, mainly because it feels more complete and has some sense of terror, despite some strange thinking by the characters; Karloff is the highlight, but it does have some good reaction shots. "The Drop of Water" is relatively decent; Pierreux is decent, and her moments of terror are convincing enough. "The Telephone" is not necessary a bad segment, it pales (for me anyway) compared to the other two segments, but it is at least somewhat entertaining. It feels ridiculous at times, and the ending is admittedly a bit cheesy, but it fits the strangeness of this peculiar film. If you're looking for an anthology movie that's a little different, I'd suggest trying it out.
(I tried making a reference to the band Black Sabbath in this review, but I couldn't find a way to reference that they got their name from this film.)
Anyways...10, 9, 8...
Overall, I give it 8 out of 10 stars.