KiLL, babY…. KiLL!

Bravura Bava

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re­leased OUT NOW! 1966 | 15 | Blu-ray & dVd (dual for­mat) Di­rec­tor Mario Bava Cast Gi­a­como rossi-stu­art, erika Blanc, Fa­bi­enne dali, Piero lulli

Many of the most ef­fec­tive ex­am­ples of cin­e­matic sur­re­al­ism can be found in the hor­ror genre, and this film in­cludes a real doozy. The hero runs out of a room… into an iden­ti­cal room. He tries again, with the same re­sult. Chas­ing af­ter some­one ex­it­ing through the door op­po­site, the pat­tern re­peats… and re­peats. Grad­u­ally gain­ing on the mys­tery man, on the sixth and fi­nal loop he grabs hold of them, turn­ing the fig­ure to re­veal: him­self!

This gob­s­mack­ing WTF mo­ment is just one high­light of Ital­ian hor­ror mae­stro Mario Bava’s sub­lime ex­er­cise in style. Set in 1907, it fol­lows a doc­tor sent to a re­mote moun­tain vil­lage to con­duct an au­topsy, who even­tu­ally learns from the su­per­sti­tious lo­cals that a ghostly girl is com­pelling peo­ple to kill them­selves.

The mys­tery of the curse isn’t that in­volv­ing, but the white-clad, wide-eyed, sin­is­terly-star­ing spirit (ac­tu­ally played by a boy wear­ing a long blonde wig) – whose ad­vent is of­ten her­alded by a ball bounc­ing into shot – is se­ri­ously spooky, and the at­mos­phere Bava con­jures is spell­bind­ing. With its spi­ral stair­cases, cob­webbed crypts and mist-shrouded, can­dle-lined cob­bled streets, all drenched in green, blue and am­ber light, this is a rav­ish­ingly beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of gothic po­et­ics.

Ex­tras Com­men­tary by Tim Lu­cas, au­thor of a book on Bava; in­ter­views with as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Lam­berto Bava (Mario’s son) and star Erika Blanc; an in­tro­duc­tion by Blanc; a new “video es­say” by hor­ror critic Kat Ellinger; Bava-homag­ing 2006 short “Yel­low”; a vin­tage photo-comic; Ger­man open­ing ti­tles; a gallery; a book­let. Ian Ber­ri­man

A beau­ti­ful ex­am­ple of gothic po­et­ics

Ex­te­ri­ors were shot in the vil­lage of Cal­cata. It used to be a site for pil­grim­age, as home to the Holy Pre­puce (Je­sus’s fore­skin).

“Mum? Dad? Oh God, my eyes!”

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