Dr. Eswai is called by Inspector Kruger to a small village to perform an autopsy on a woman who has died under suspicious circumstances. He’ll soon discover that the village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl.
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My favorite Mario Bava film (it was also the favorite of Fellini and Martin Scorsese named it Bava's best film.) Colorful, hallucinatory cinematography by Antonio Rinaldi, psychedelic, trippy score from Carlo Rustichelli, baroque, labyrinthine production design (especially the endless spiral staircase), and Fabienne Dali's mysterious performance as the sorceress. Spooky, chilling Gothic ghost story of occult depths.
As 90 % of the film takes place at night, Mario Bava can play with his beloved lights: red, blue, green and even yellow. Also a few artisanal horror tricks like the little girl's make-up (cf. 'Black Sabbath's dead countess) or the pursuit of the double in the mansion's rooms. Not the best Bava movie but still a lot better than the average gothic movie of the 60's. Recommended.
Flatter and visually tamer than both Black Sunday and Black Sabbath. It makes nice use of sets including hallways and spiral staircases, but the form and narrative surrounding some of these memorable moments are duller and sloppier compared with Bava's more successful films.
Bava's masterpiece. Probably the most sustained psychedelic nightmare on film (with my all-time favourite dream sequence), and scary as hell to boot. The culmination of all of Bava's themes, techniques and obsessions (and least until the more comic Lisa and the Devil).
Has some juicy Gothic visuals: fog, dark corridors and corners filled with dust and spider webs, a lovely cemetery, the appearance of the creepy child etc. Most of it just pales in comparison compared with Bava's other films, and the plot feels lazy as well. A good movie (albeit slightly dull and unpolished) if you try to think of it on its own, but doesn't represent Bava's oeuvre too well.
Esta fue la primera película que vi de Mario Bava y, la verdad, es que la subestimé en ese momento. Al revisitarla me he encontrado con una de sus mejores obras. Atmósferas góticas muy conseguidas, escenas de muerte increíbles y planos creativos y vigorosos.
Grandioso Bava.Fotografia qua al massimo livello,storia coinvolgente e dalle trovate incredibili,come il dottore che insegue se stesso nella villa,la scala a chiocciola da sotto,o la bambina con la palla bianca.Movimenti di camera a volte panoramici,a volte in soggettiva,da manuale del cinema.Uso fantastico di luci,ombre e fumo,a creare atmosfere perfette per ogni fan dell'horror.Forte Forte Forte.4*