Black Sunday was such a huge hit that a follow-up was swiftly demanded, and horror maestro Mario Bava duly devised this three-part horror anthology blending modern and period stories.
In the giallo-style 'The Telephone', a woman is terrorized by her former pimp after his escape from prison, and tries to escape him with the help of her lesbian lover, who has a dark secret of her own. In the Victorian-era 'The Drop of Water', a nurse steals a ring from the corpse of a dead spiritualist, which naturally tries to get it back. But it's the 19th-century Russian story 'The Wurdalak' that comes closest to Bava's earlier classic, with the great Boris Karloff as a much-loved paterfamilias who might not be entirely what he seems.
Bava's direction is as stylish as ever, and Black Sabbath is almost a compendium of his favourite themes.
“Vintage Bava… “Pictorially it's amazing” – Time Out
“There's scarcely a scene in this film that doesn't deserve to be a poster” – EyeforFilm
“the best showcase yet for his uniquely visual cinematic talent” – DVD Savant
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Arrow's release has 3 discs: 1 blu-ray and 2 DVDs. On the blu-ray: Italian and rare American versions of the film both in 1080 HD. They look brilliant, much better than ever before. LPCM mono, optional English subtitles. Audio commentary by Tim Lucas and half hour featurette on the differences between the two films. On the DVDs: all of the above plus interview with co star Mark Damon, trailers and introduction by Alan Jones. Also includes double sided cover and collector booklet with archive interviews. A superb purchase for any horror fan.
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