Posts Tagged ‘Mario Bava’

The Italian Underdog: A Mario Bava Overview

The Italian Underdog: A Mario Bava Overview

Tweet Let me first talk about why I use the term “underdog” in describing a rather prolific and respected Italian-horror director, because many of you might already be saying, “Hey, Mario is not underrated! How can you make a bold claim such as that?” Well, I did and I have my reasons. When a critic […]




Video Nasties: Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971)

Video Nasties: Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971)

Tweet Often cited as the film with the most alternate titles, Twitch of the Death Nerve (AKA: A Bay of Blood, AKA: Chain Reaction, AKA: A Million Other Titles) remains one of maestro Mario Bava’s disputed classics. This film ended up on the Video Nasty list, partially thanks to Carlo Rambaldi’s special effects work, and also […]




Review: Amer (2009) [UK Blu-ray]

Review: Amer (2009) [UK Blu-ray]

Anchor Bay UK’s release of AMER hit shelves on January 31. Check out Jeff’s review of the Blu-ray to find out if this tribute to the Italian giallo films of the 70s and 80s lives up to the hype.




The Self Defeating Nature of Late Era Italian Horror

The Self Defeating Nature of Late Era Italian Horror

Tweet At one point, every horror fan is required to face the fact that much of what constitutes straight-up horror during Italy’s gory years is essentially xerox cinema of varying degrees. Outside the beautiful black-and-white gothics that first populated Italy’s horror landscape, the vernacular of the giallo, and cannibalistic jungle romps– there just isn’t much […]




“The Last Terror of Man”: 2012, CALTIKI – IL MONSTRO IMMORTALE, and the Rise of Mario Bava

“The Last Terror of Man”: 2012, CALTIKI – IL MONSTRO IMMORTALE, and the Rise of Mario Bava

Misinterpreted Mayan religious carvings have led to the year 2012 becoming part of the pop culture eschatology zeitgeist of the 21st century. Mario Bava, unsurprisingly, was there first, and brought an all-consuming mutant protoplasm along for the ride.