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Black Sabbath (1963)

I tre volti della paura (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 6 May 1964 (USA)
Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

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Lidia Alfonsi ...
Mary (segment "Il telefono") (as Lydia Alfonsi)
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Vladimir D'Urfe (segment "I Wurdalak")
Susy Andersen ...
Massimo Righi ...
Pietro (segment "I Wurdalak")
Rika Dialyna ...
Maria (segment "I Wurdalak") (as Rica Dialina)
Glauco Onorato ...
Giorgio (segment "I Wurdalak")
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Helen Chester (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
Milly ...
The Maid (segment "La goccia d'acqua") (as Milly Monti)
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Neighbor (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
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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 vampires suck only the blood of those they love dearest. See more »

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This movie was re-released by Paradiso Home Entertainment in 2006 on DVD, together with other Mario Bava films, called: The Mario Bava Collection, this is number 2 from the collection. See more »

Goofs

In 'The Telephone,' when Rosy is reading the paper, in the Italian version, it is a newspaper clipping, but in the American version, it is a blank sheet being written by an invisible ghost. However, in both versions you can clearly see the back of the paper is indeed a newspaper clipping. 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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Karloff is Wonderful!
20 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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