Black Sabbath ()

I tre volti della paura (original title)
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Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.


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Rosy (segment "Il telefono")
Lidia Alfonsi ...
Mary (segment "Il telefono") (as Lydia Alfonsi)
Gorca (segment "I Wurdalak")
Vladimir D'Urfe (segment "I Wurdalak")
Sdenka (segment "I Wurdalak")
Pietro (segment "I Wurdalak")
Rika Dialyna ...
Maria (segment "I Wurdalak") (as Rica Dialina)
Glauco Onorato ...
Giorgio (segment "I Wurdalak")
Helen Chester (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
Milly ...
The Maid (segment "La goccia d'acqua") (as Milly Monti)
Neighbor (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
Police Inspector (segment "La goccia d'acqua")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Rainer (segment "Il telefono") (uncredited)
Alessandro Tedeschi ...
Coroner (segment "La goccia d'acqua") (uncredited)

Directed by

Mario Bava

Written by

Anton Chekhov ... (freely adapted from three stories by) (as Cechov) and
Aleksei Tolstoy ... (freely adapted from three stories by) (as Tolstoi) and
Guy de Maupassant ... (freely adapted from three stories by) (as Maupassant)
Marcello Fondato ... (screenplay)
Alberto Bevilacqua ... (screenplay with the collaboration of) and
Mario Bava ... (screenplay with the collaboration of)

Produced by

Salvatore Billitteri ... associate producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff ... executive producer (uncredited)
Alberto Barsanti ... producer (uncredited)
James H. Nicholson ... executive producer (uncredited)
Lionello Santi ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Les Baxter
Roberto Nicolosi

Cinematography by

Ubaldo Terzano ... director of photography
Mario Bava ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

Mario Serandrei

Editorial Department

Lina Caterini ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Riccardo Domenici ... (as Riccardo Dominici)

Art Direction by

Giorgio Giovannini

Costume Design by

Tina Grani

Makeup Department

Otello Fava ... makeup artist
Renata Magnanti ... hair stylist

Production Management

Armando Govoni ... production supervisor
Paolo Mercuri ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ronald Sinclair ... second unit director: US version (uncredited)

Art Department

Francesco Bronzi ... assistant production designer
Riccardo Domenici ... set dresser

Sound Department

Fausto Ancillai ... sound mixer
Alfred R. Bird ... sound editor: US version
Italo Cameracanna ... foley artist
Mario Messina ... sound
Ernest Reichert ... sound editor: US version
Nino Renda ... sound mixer
Kay Rose ... sound editor: US version

Special Effects by

Eugenio Bava ... sculptor: masks and faces (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Enrico Fontana ... camera operator
Mario Mancini ... camera operator
Antonio Rinaldi ... gaffer (uncredited)

Music Department

Eve Newman ... music editor: US version
Al Simms ... music coordinator: US version
Les Baxter ... conductor: US Version (uncredited)
Harry Betts ... musician: US version (uncredited)
Hall Daniels ... orchestrator: US version (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini ... musician: US version (uncredited)
Albert Harris ... orchestrator: US version (uncredited)
Willard Jones ... music copyist: US version (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: US version (uncredited)
Jack Marsh ... musician: US version (uncredited)
Thomas Z. Shepard ... musician: US version (uncredited)

Other crew

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... presenter
Priscilla Contardi ... continuity
Franco Grifeo ... administrator
James H. Nicholson ... presenter
Lucia Catullo ... voice dubbing: Michèle Mercier (uncredited)
Adriana de Roberto ... voice dubbing: Jacqueline Pierreux (uncredited)
Gabriella Genta ... voice dubbing: Susy Andersen (uncredited)
Ugo Pagliai ... voice dubbing: Mark Damon (uncredited)
Elio Pandolfi ... voice dubbing: Lydia Alfonsi's telephone voice (uncredited)
Aldo Silvani ... voice dubbing: Boris Karloff (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Les trois visages de la peur (France)
  • Black Sabbath (United States)
  • Black Sabbath (Ireland, English title)
  • Black Sabbath (United Kingdom)
  • Las tres caras del miedo (Spain)
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  • 92 min
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Trivia This film served as inspiration for the naming of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. In 1968, the band (then called Earth) was playing a small club in Birmingham, England. Across the street was a movie theater showing the film Black Sabbath. The band noticed that more people were in line to see the movie than were to see the band. Realizing that "horror sells tickets" they decided to change the band's name to Black Sabbath. See more »
Goofs The narration of this film's English-dubbed version claims that "The Wurdulak" was written by Tolstoy and that "The Drop of Water" was written by Chekhov. The first claim is misleading; "The Wurdulak" was not written by Leo Tolstoy, the famous author of *War and Peace*, but by minor novelist Alexei Tolstoy. The second claim is completely untrue; Anton Chekhov never wrote a short story titled "The Drop of Water" or any story with a plot resembling that of the so-named segment of this film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970). See more »
Quotes Gorca: What's the matter, woman? Can't I fondle my own grandson? Give him to me!
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