“Black Sabbath,” also known as “The Three Faces of Fear,” is a 1963 Italian film directed by the legendary Mario Bava and staring the legendary Boris Karloff. Without a doubt it’s one of the best horror films out there and one that is sadly unknown to the general movie going public. It’s an anthology film consisting of three segments. Here is something you need to keep in mind if you plan on watching the film: There are two cuts of the film, an American one and an Italian one. Both cuts present the segments in a different chronological order. For this entry I will disuse how they are presented in the American version.
The first tale is about a woman who comes to an elderly woman’s house after she has died. The woman sees a ring on the elderly woman’s corpse and takes it. However she pays a price for her theft. The second tale is about a woman who begins receiving strange phone calls from an unknown caller. The final tale stars Boris Karloff as a hobo-like vampire who is intent on turning his whole family into vampires.
A great, beautifully made atmospheric film that serves as the essence of Mario Bava’s style. All the segments have a creepy, artsy vibe especially the first one. This one is a must see. You will not regret watching it.