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Black Sabbath (1963)
"I tre volti della paura" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror  |  6 May 1964 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Michèle Mercier ...
Rosy (segment "The Telephone")
Lidia Alfonsi ...
Mary (segment "The Telephone") (as Lydia Alfonsi)
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Gorca (segment "The Wurdalak")
Mark Damon ...
Vladimire d'Urfe (segment "The Wurdalak")
Susy Andersen ...
Sdenka (segment "The Wurdalak")
Massimo Righi ...
Pietro (segment "The Wurdalak")
Rika Dialyna ...
Maria (segment "The Wurdalak") (as Rica Dialina)
Glauco Onorato ...
Giorgio (segment "The Wurdalak")
Jacqueline Pierreux ...
Helen Chester (segment "The Drop of Water")
Milly ...
The Maid (segment "The Drop of Water") (as Milly Monti)
Harriet Medin ...
Neighbor (segment "The Drop of Water")
Gustavo De Nardo ...
Police Inspector (segment "The Drop of Water")
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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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The films title was a homage to 'Black Sunday' the previous film that Mario Bava had made for AIP. The success of that picture made the distributors select a title that was similar to that of the earlier Bava hit. See more »

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In "The Drop of Water," when Helen crosses the dead woman's hands, she places the right hand over the left but in long shot the left hand is on top. See more »

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Gorca: What's the matter, woman? Can't I fondle my own grandson? Give him to me!
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mario bava's best film
23 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Three macabre tales."the telephone".a woman is plagued by threatening calls but all is not what it seems."the wurdaluk".in 18th century Russia a family wait for their father, now a vampire to come home and claim his loved ones and suck their blood."a drop of water". a nurse robs a corpse of a ring and soon regrets it. This film continuously eluded me for many years and i finally managed to see it in it's original form, beautifully restoredand it's worth the wait. the first story is the weakest, although not without interest. the second is the best , very atmospheric and contains a powerful scary performance from Boris Karloff who plays the lead vampire for the only time in his career and this role is one of his best.The last story is short but creepy and features the most scary corpse you'll ever see in a film.This is easily director Mario Bava's best film.only a silly last scene with Karloff dents it a little.


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