Archive for Mario Bava

The Dwight Stuff

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on February 27, 2013 by dcairns

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Last Friday was Dwight Frye’s birthday, so we had a special Dwight Frye-Day over at Limerwrecks in honour of everybody’s favourite henchman.

Meanwhile, over at Electric Sheep, I peruse the peculiar LISA AND THE DEVIL, newly released on Blu-ray from Arrow Films. I like what I see!

Perforated “R”

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on February 17, 2013 by dcairns

The Sunday Intertitle Limerick deals with Mario Bava’s BLACK SUNDAY, and can be found here. And another lim, perhaps the first ever composed on the subject of Dwight Frye’s walking stick, is here.

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Meanwhile, Bava’s magnificent horror compendium BLACK SABBATH can now be pre-ordered on Blue-ray from the good people at Arrow Films.

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It has an essay by me, if that helps (it shouldn’t: you should want to own this regardless).

As a kind of trailer or foretaste of that dark, exotic pleasure, here’s another piece by me, about Bava’s BLACK SUNDAY, also available from Arrow — access it here, at Electric Sheep Magazine. And there’ll be more on this theme soon…

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The Sunday Intertitle is Away.

Witch’s Brew

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by dcairns

Here’s a bit of welcome news — a spanking-new Blu-ray of Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH, with essay by me.

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I first saw this film in Vienna, on VHS, dubbed into German. Fiona and I were visiting friends, and I dropped into a vid store to see if they had anything not available back home. DIE DREI GESICHTER DER FURCHT looked too good, and too cheap, to pass up, even though I knew I wouldn’t understand a word of the dub. It proved to be the American cut of the film, which needlessly rearranges the episodes and jettisons Karloff’s magnificent send-off/send-up at the end, but the film still worked its magic. It’s scarier when you watch it someplace that’s not your home, actually.

I hadn’t been too taken with BARON BLOOD on VHS from Redemption at this point; childhood viewings of MASK OF SATAN and LISA AND THE DEVIL had left me amused and bemused respectively; but I’d acquired a really ratty tape of BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, and that had impressed me no end, even with all the murders cut by the British censor. From this point on, I was a fan.

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