Black Sunday (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) A gothic-horror based on a Russian folk-tale by Nikolai Gogol from the debutant director Mario Bava.
2) A prototype for numerous future horror movies based on the same theme.
3) Great production value and make-up.
4) Barbara Steele as the femme fatale

 

CONS –
1) A run-of-the-mill horror story.

 

QUOTE –
Dr. Kruvajan: You have no reason to fear the dead. They sleep very soundly.

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 3/5

 
PROS –
1) Parasitical creatures of a dying planet luring species from other planets to possess their bodies and spaceships.
2) This Mario Bava’s classic clearly influenced Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) and Prometheus (2012).
3) One can find a resemblance to this movie with Twilight Zone‘s episode Third From the Sun.

 

CONS –
1) Boring screenplay with hardly any action.

 
QUOTE –
Sanya: How will they accept us?
Mark: I hope, well. For them.

Black Sabbath (1963)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) 2 classic tales of horror. The kind of stories we hear as kids around a campfire.
2) “The Wurdalak” offers a gothic folk-tale of a vampire without any plot-twists. However, the Technicolor cinematography, makeup, and music will give audiences enough jump scares. The scene where the dead child appears outside in the cold and begs to be invited in, is a textbook folktale sequence.
3) “The Drop of Water” is a Twilight Zone kind of story where the jinxed ring transfers the curse to the bearer.
4) Boris Karloff’s prologue and epilogue are funny and frightful at the same time. The final scene where his character breaks the 4th wall and unveils the tricks behind the camera is equally bizarre.

 

CONS –
1) “The Telephone” is neither supernatural nor horror. It doesn’t fit with the other two tales of horror.

 
QUOTE –
“Ivan: Mama, I’m cold. Let me in.”