1963 ****
Italian Version runs 93 mins.
AIP Version runs 92 mins.

A major influence on Quentin Tarantino and the band of the same name, Mario Bava has said that Black Sabbath is possibly the favorite of all his films. It's easy to see why. Whichever version you pick, the original Italian version or the American International Pictures version, Black Sabbath is immensely entertaining and frightening. Equal parts suspense and camp, Black Sabbath consists of three stories, and the whole film is hosted by the great Boris Karloff. Karloff's interludes are different in each version, and there are other differences throughout between the two versions, most notably Karloff's interludes and the order of the tales. Each version has a completely different musical score, and feel. The Italian version feels more polished, like a more respectable arthouse/suspense film, while the AIP version feels more like a fun, campy horror flick. The three stories are: "The Telephone," in which a woman receives multiple phone calls from a strange voice, "The Wurdulak," which features Karloff in his only vampirical role, and "The Drop of Water," which features a woman haunted by a dead woman. You can't go wrong with either version of the film, but it's best of you watch both!
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Not rated.

Boris Karloff + Mark Damon + Michele Mercier + Lidia Alfonsi + Jacqueline Pierreux

Freely Adapted from Three Stories by
Cechov + Tolstoi + Maupassant

Screenplay by
Marcello Fondato

With the Collaboration of
Alberto Bevilacqua and Mario Bava

Directed by
Mario Bava


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