After nearly 40 years in the business and with 22 officially credited features as a director, Mario Bava
made his final feature film with 1977’s Shock
, also known to U.S. audiences as Beyond the Door II
. Just three years after its release, Bava died of a heart attack. He was 65 years old.
Of all his horror films, Shock
feels the least like what we have come to expect of a “Mario Bava
movie.” While most of his work has an aesthetic and feel that’s very specific to his sensibilities, Shock
seems like it could have been made by any number of the Italian horror directors working at that time. This is probably because, as the story goes, the movie actually was made by another Italian horror director working at the time: Bava’s son Lamberto, who co-wrote the screenplay and is a talented filmmaker in his own right, with titles