Mario Bava: Italy’s Genremaker


HAPPY HALLOWEEN! – Go and rent some Italian Horror classics. You will be amazed and see a nation see it’s artists copied by both the USA and the UK. We forgive you. Just keep buying Italian goods and spend money on the boot. The video essay also explores how the evils of fascism stopped and hindered Italian films and the horror genre. A good analysis.

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Mario Bava isn’t as well known today as fellow horror maestros Wes Craven, Dario Argento, or John Carpenter, but Bava is an important figure in horror history. He created works that redefined entire subgenera. Join History of Horror as we look at some of Mario Bava’s most influential films. As always, beware of spoilers.

Major spoilers for: A Bay of Blood, Black Sunday, Blood and Black Lace, The Girl who Knew Too Much, Frenzy, Lisa and the Devil.

Minor spoilers for: Baron Blood, The Black Belly of the Tarantula, Black Sabbath, Bonnie and Clyde, Crimson Peak, Deep Red, Friday the 13th (1980), Hatchet for the Honeymoon, Hercules (1958), The Howling, Kill Baby Kill, Planet of the Vampires, Rome Open City, Shock, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974).
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