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Black Sabbath (1963)

I tre volti della paura (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 6 May 1964 (USA)
A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Rosy (segment "Il telefono")
Lidia Alfonsi ...
Mary (segment "Il telefono") (as Lydia Alfonsi)
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Gorca (segment "I Wurdalak")
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Vladimir D'Urfe (segment "I Wurdalak")
Susy Andersen ...
Sdenka (segment "I Wurdalak")
Massimo Righi ...
Pietro (segment "I Wurdalak")
Rika Dialyna ...
Maria (segment "I Wurdalak") (as Rica Dialina)
Glauco Onorato ...
Giorgio (segment "I Wurdalak")
Jacqueline Pierreux ...
Helen Chester (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
Milly ...
The Maid (segment "La goccia d'acqua") (as Milly Monti)
Harriet Medin ...
Neighbor (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
Gustavo De Nardo ...
Police Inspector (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
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A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires; and a 1900-era nurse who makes a fateful decision while preparing the corpse of one of her patients - an elderly medium who died during a seance. Written by scgary66

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A story that goes beyond the boundaries of the Supernatural to the half-world of the living dead. Where a woman's soul inhabits a fly's body, where Vengeance is only a voice and where vampires suck only the blood of those they love dearest. See more »

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Trivia

The films Italian title is "I Tre volti della paura", which means "The Three Faces of Fear." See more »

Goofs

The narration of this film's English-dubbed version claims that "The Wurdulak" was written by Tolstoy and that "The Drop of Water" was written by Chekhov. The first claim is misleading; "The Wurdulak" was not written by Leo Tolstoy, the famous author of *War and Peace*, but by minor novelist Alexei Tolstoy. The second claim is completely untrue; Anton Chekhov never wrote a short story titled "The Drop of Water" or any story with a plot resembling that of the so-named segment of this film. See more »

Quotes

Mary: [to Rosy] You have no reason to be afraid.
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Karloff is Wonderful!

This is an anthology film with three stories, totally unrelated introduced by a rather aged, dignified Boris Karloff. Karloff introduces each with great savvy and a generous dose of wit and humour. All three stories were directed by Italian horror specialist Mario Bava, whose use of the camera was legendary and unique. The first story was based on a story by Chekov called "The Drop of Water" and it is the best of the three. This little story about a nurse that steals a ring off the body of a witch, having been warned not to, is one of the scariest scenes ever to be filmed. The second story about a killer and a phone is adequate. The third story, starring Karloff as a Wurdelak...or vampire..is very good. It has plenty of atmosphere, and is the only film in which Boris ever played a vampire. All in all, Black Sabbath is a good film. It shows the talent that Bava had for taking fairly ordinary situations in life into horriffic ones.


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