Mario Bava

The Whip and The Body

The Whip and The Body

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1963

Christopher Lee (Dracula: Prince of Darkness) stars as Kurt Menliff, the sadistic son of a wealthy Count, who returns to the family castle, much to the dismay of his family, their servants, and the beautiful woman with whom he shares a fondness for the lash (Daliah Lavi). When Kurt is found murdered, it brings no peace to those who had feared him, as his vengeful spirit cannot be contained by the grave, and he returns to torment those unfortunate enough to remain within Menliff Manor.

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A Bay of Blood

A Bay of Blood

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1971

One of the most influential horror films of all time, Mario Bava's A BAY OF BLOOD (1971, aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) is the spurting artery from which all future slasher films would flow.

When crippled Countess Federica is murdered at her isolated mansion, a gruesome battle ensues to secure the rights to her valuable property around the bay. Everyone, from illegitimate children to shady real estate agents, stakes a claim, only to be killed in increasingly bizarre ways, from simple shootings to impalement by fishing spear. The makeup effects are by Carlo Rambaldi, who would later earn Oscars for his work in Alien (1979) and E.T. (1982).

Initially scorned upon its original release because of its graphic violence, A BAY OF BLOOD eventually became a trendsetter, the model slasher film that Friday the 13th would emulate nearly a decade later.

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Hercules in the Haunted World

Hercules in the Haunted World

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1961

Mario Bava helmed this entry in the series, in which Hercules (Reg Park) must journey to the bowels of Hell to recover a magical plant that is the only hope of a dying princess.

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Black Sunday

Black Sunday

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1960

In an absolutely mesmerizing performance, BLACK SUNDAY stars Barbara Steele as Asa Vajda, a beautiful woman tortured and executed as a witch — but not before pronouncing a curse upon those who have condemned her, a curse that is fulfilled some 200 years later.

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Black Sabbath (Italian Language Edition)

Black Sabbath (Italian Language Edition)

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1963

One of the great horror anthology films

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Hatchet for the Honeymoon

Hatchet for the Honeymoon

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1970

Seven years after innovating the grisly Italian genre known as giallo, Mario Bava returned to the form to create one of its deliriously frightening examples: HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (Il rosso segno della follia).

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Black Sabbath AIP

Black Sabbath AIP

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1964

One of the great horror anthology films of all time, and Mario Bava's personal favorite of his works, Black Sabbath solidified the director's reputation as Europe's maestro of the macabre.

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Planet of the Vampires (Special Edition)

Planet of the Vampires (Special Edition)

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1965

In this otherworldly tour de force of sci-fi thrills and Gothic chills, space travelers intercept a mysterious distress call from a distant world. Is it a desperate cry for help…or something far more sinister?

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Baron Blood

Baron Blood

Director: Mario Bava
Year: 1972

An American professor (Antonio Cantafora) travels to the estate of his ancestor, the sadistic Baron Otto von Kleist, seeking the truth beneath his notorious reputation. When he and his assistant Eva (Elke Sommer) read aloud an ancient incantation, the Baron's spirit is resurrected, leading to a series of violent deaths within the haunted castle.

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Lisa and the Devil & The House of Exorcism

Lisa and the Devil & The House of Exorcism

Director: Mickey Lion, Mario Bava
Year: 1973

Regarded as Mario Bava's most personal and unconventional film, LISA AND THE DEVIL is a diabolical thriller flavored with the dreadful imagery and tormenting logic of an endless nightmare. It was later re-edited and re-released as THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM to capitalize on the popularity of demon possession films.

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