Archive for September, 2011

Bava invents the Giallo in Sei donne per l’assassino

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Bava made a few tentative steps in La ragazza che sapeva troppo, but here he really kicks off the Giallo genre in Blood and Black Lace which contains everything from the black gloved killer to the cast of attractive women but most importantly the genre’s focus on the gory details of the killings themselves.

La ragazza che sapeva troppo (1963)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The first steps towards the Giallo came for Bava with this erudite mystery thriller La ragazza che sapeva troppo

Four Times that Night (1972)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Bava’s forgotten entry to the sex comedy genre is a Rashamon inspired four-parter telling multiple stories of a couple’s first date. Unfortunately the good idea is rather poorly executed and the film remains a curio rather than particularly recommended.

Read our Four Times that Night review.

Bava serves up a plate of Spaghetti…

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Lets get right back where we left off. The Bavas and Freda might be best loved for their horror work, but all have worked in other genres and I am going to take a look at a number of other projects on which they worked.

First up is a double bill of Spaghetti Westerns. The Road to Fort Alamo (1964) is a very early genre entry, made around the same time that Sergio Leone was cooking up the first of his iconic Dollars films. Unlike his contemporary, Bava did not try to re-invent the genre but was instead happy to make a solid if rather uninspired mime of the American films. The later Ringo del Nebraska (1966) shows a similar lack of Italian influence and is almost unrecognisable as a Bava film but does make for a solid Western story.

Long break…. sorry!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Okay now that was a long power nap. My netbook with the entire raw site on decided to die and it has taken a long time to get everything sorted out, but fortunately the time has come to resuscitate once again so watch out for all new reviews soon….