Directed by Mario Bava
A vengeful witch returns to possess her descendant in Mario Bava's most famous film, which remains beloved by critics, horror historians, and directors like Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola (SLEEPY HOLLOW and BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA both feature homages). Bava's major innovation was favoring thrilling visuals and European eroticism (still radical for 1960) over story. Even today, the film is regularly cited as one of the greatest horror movies of all time and scream queen Barbara Steele is still known as one of the most beautiful bad girls in horror history.
A vengeful witch returns to possess her descendant in Mario Bava's most famous film.
Cast: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Ivo Garrani
One of the great gothic chillers. Steele has never looked more lovely. Great opening and one of the best "coming out of the grave" scenes in movie history.
Barbara Steele was captivating in her dual role as Princess Asa and Katia. I feel like there are so much visual details and lighting that I really need to see this film again. However, I found it a little slow in the middle.
A very creepy and chilling tale that can make your spine tingle at the right moments. Barbara Steele's eyes are out of this world.
Aside from a few suspenseful scenes, and much of it thanks to the black and white nature of the movie, this is cheesy, cringy, and illogical as hell. The acting feels so forced at times. Don't know why people rate it so highly, must be the age difference.
Awesome cinematic experience!!!