31 Days Of Horror - Black Sabbath (1963)

Also Known As:

  • I tre volti della paura (The three faces of horror)

Black Sabbath is an anthology film by legendary horror director Mario Bava.  The film carries a number of notable distinctions.  The first segment, "The Telephone," is considered the first giallo film shot in color and is said to be the direct influence for the iconic opening scene of Wes Craven's Scream.  The second segment, "The Wurdulak," is the only film in which Boris Karloff (the most famous Frankenstein's monster) plays a vampire.  The film itself was also the inspiration for the name and dark aesthetic of the band that gave us "War Pigs," "Paranoid" and "Iron Man".

The concept of Black Sabbath was to present three shorts about fear throughout time.  "The Telephone" tells the story of a woman who keeps receiving calls from a man who can see everything she's doing.  "The Wurdulak" concerns a family who is afraid their father has become a vampire.  "The Drop Of Water" is about a nurse who steals the ring off a dead woman's hand.

Although this movie is full of the wonderful cinematography Bava is known for, it never really held my attention.  There's no ironic twists to the stories and no jump scares to get your blood pumping.  Black Sabbath is in the end a beautiful, historic, atmospheric and creepy movie that's unfortunately just a little too boring.

Rating:

Movie: 3/5

Scary: 1/5

Creepy: 3/5