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I tre volti della paura
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Black Sabbath (1963) More at IMDbPro »I tre volti della paura (original title)

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No nudity or outright sex in the film, though we do see a couple of female leads disrobing. In the first case, the woman is facing away from the camera, lifts her shirt off to reveal a bra strap, and the camera quickly pans away. In the second instance, she is wearing a non-revealing camisole-type undergarment and walks off-camera toward the bathroom for a shower.

One story features an obscene phone caller who says things like, "Take off your clothes. I'd like to see that." No profanity, mind you, just suggestive, lascivious and somewhat threatening dialogue.

The first story focuses heavily on themes of death. We see two bodies after their deaths, eyes wide and staring, with frightened looks frozen on their faces. A woman is forced to choke herself to death by a supernatural force.

The third story is about vampires, and there is a notion of bloodsucking and some violence but the effects are not realistic, gory or bloody.

No memorable profanity. Perhaps a "damn" or a "hell" or two.

Some characters do smoke.

By far the most frightening of all three stories is the first. It features a rich and terrifying atmosphere from the very start. Color, light, props and set pieces are used masterfully to create overall feelings of dread.

The dead witch in bed is quite unsettling. She is shown close up at least twice, and her grotesque, lifeless face is very, very creepy.

Most of the latter portion of the story is atmospheric horror. Noises. Suspense. "What's behind that corner?" type stuff. However, when the ghost of the dead witch attacks the female lead at the end of the story, that is once again a very intense and disturbing scene.

Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2001) / France:12 / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) / Netherlands:18 (1966) / Sweden:15 / UK:X / UK:15 (DVD) / USA:Unrated / West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)

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