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Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre (2000)

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Evil Eye (1963)
Mystery | Thriller
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A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Letícia Román, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese
Rabid Dogs (1974)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Directors: Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava
Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Surreal goings-on at a Spanish villa in this poetic horror fairytale, which was crassly re-edited into The House of Exorcism (1975) for US release.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.

Director: Michele Soavi
Stars: Dario Argento, Romano Albani, Fiore Argento
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two outlaws compete with each other over a treasure map that will lead them to buried gold while one of them is in league with a sadistic priest-turned-crime lord, while a young Native ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Brett Halsey, Charles Southwood, Marilù Tolo
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava
Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Nefarious mad scientist Dr. Goldfoot once again plots to take over the world by creating female robot bombs specifically designed to blow up high-ranking generals of NATO countries. ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Vincent Price, Fabian, Franco Franchi
Action | Adventure
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A mysterious knife-throwing viking warrior protects a young peasant woman and her young son from the clutches of a evil regent bent on claiming the title of king and the woman for himself.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi Stuart
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Mario Bava: MAESTRO OF THE MACABRE {TV} (Garry S. Grant, 2000) ***
1 August 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I own 2 versions of this 1-hour doc on the titular film-maker whose centenary was celebrated in the past day(s): in fact, it is included as an extra on both Anchor Bay UK's edition of Bava's HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970) and the Italian disc of his official directorial debut BLACK Sunday (1960), from RHV (albeit presented here with forced native subtitles).

During my ongoing Bava marathon, I have already watched MARIO BAVA: OPERAZIONE PAURA (2004), which I had reviewed (and rated **1/2) back when I first checked it out on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his demise. At the time, I had criticized the later documentary for being somewhat redundant in the wake of the one under review (though I can see now that a few choice participants are exclusive to it, notably director Roger Corman) and for missing out on discussing a number of key works within Bava's filmography. In retrospect, there are glaring omissions here as well – apart from THE WHIP AND THE BODY (1963; which I pointed out in the other review), there is barely a mention of either BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) or KILL, BABY…KILL! (1966) – but, all in all, it makes a better case for his artistry (taking care even to include a psychologist{!} among the line-up of interviewees, which comprise many of the usual suspects of relatives, collaborators, peers and lifelong admirers) since it generally comes across as having less of a fan-boy approach to it (what can you expect when the opening speaker on OPERAZIONE PAURA proves to be none other than know-it-all motor-mouth Quentin Tarantino?!).

Incidentally, with respect to the selection of titles covered, it appears that the film-makers had access only to clips from movies owned by the major studios (like Paramount's DANGER: DIABOLIK {1968}) and the DVD company Image Entertainment – which not only distributed the doc itself in R1 land but was behind the release of the entire "The Mario Bava Collection", numbering the director's efforts then owned by Alfredo Leone (his last producer) and who, naturally enough, features heavily here. Perhaps in compensation, then, there is rather too much footage this time around from films that were apparently influenced by Bava's efforts! Needless to say, though, neither documentary comes close to reading an authoritative biography on the subject – be it Tim Lucas' massive tome (also an on-screen 'talking head' in both films) or Troy Howarth's more manageable treatise – or, for that matter, experiencing the beautiful craftsmanship of Bava's legacy on one's own rather than having it described to him…


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