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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb box set,
Firstly, anyone who owns previous special editions of the films on this set need not apply, they are the same tim lucas commentary and all. Any horror fan unfamiliar with the name mario bava (shame on you!) or has heard the name but not seen any of his films should pick this up and see what the fuss is about. The picture and sound quality on the discs is supurb, and each...
Published on 25 July 2007 by Mr. K. Arts

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3.0 out of 5 stars Knives of the Avenger
After the apparent death of her husband King Harald, a Viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Argen, King Harold's enemy. But a mysterious stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which eventually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Argen.

This was the third and final part of Cameron Mitchell's Viking...
Published on 21 Mar. 2012 by A. J. Harrison


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3.0 out of 5 stars Knives of the Avenger, 21 Mar. 2012
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After the apparent death of her husband King Harald, a Viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Argen, King Harold's enemy. But a mysterious stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which eventually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Argen.

This was the third and final part of Cameron Mitchell's Viking trilogy. This time however the film is created more like a Western than a Viking movie and it doesn't feature any major large scale battle sequences like in his previous films (Last of the Vikings and Erik the Conqueror) which isn't necessarily a bad thing due to its hugely enjoyable story.

Mario Bava is once again the director and he keeps the film moving at a great pace for the first hour and I thought that maybe this was going to be his best directorial effort but the final 25 minutes felt dragged out so they could make the movie into a reasonable running time of 85 minutes as the film could have finished at the hour mark.

Cameron Mitchell is great as Rurik, the Knife throwing wanderer who can throw three daggers simultaneously and have each one kill its intended victim. He is also involved in a Knife throwing duel near the end which takes place in a Tavern (even more like a western).

Great DVD Quality

The music by Marcello Giombini is top notch and very upbeat just like a Western with its riding tunes.

Overall a short but enjoyable film with some great twists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Viking With No Name, 20 Nov. 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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A quickie salvage job shot in six days after the original director got fired, Mario Bava's Knives of the Avenger aka Viking Massacre is a revenge Western in Viking garb, with Cameron Mitchell's inexhaustible supply of knives replacing that old B-Western standby, the revolver that never needs reloading. One standoff is even staged as a virtual gunfight in a saloon/tavern, while the Viking village looks more like a frontier trading post (and probably was just that in another movie, though it looks like it may also have seen service with Victor Mature in The Tartars). The budget is low - most of the first half hour takes place on a beach or in and around a log cabin, much of the film is shot in near-darkness and there's not a long ship in sight - but once the identity of Cameron's Avenger is established, along with the reason the heroine looks so familiar to him, it does briefly shift gear into darker and more emotionally interesting territory before getting back to the avenging. Along the way there are elements of Shane and the Man With No Name in there as well as Mitchell's wanderer finds himself protecting a mother and her child and briefly entertaining thoughts of them replacing his own lost family. Small in scale and relatively minor, it's not bad at all even if you're unlikely to ever revisit it.

Mitchell is dubbed in both the Italian and English soundtracks offered on Anchor Bay's DVD, so it's best to stick with the Italian-language version for the more pulp-poetic dialogue.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb box set,, 25 July 2007
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This review is from: Bava Box Set 1 [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Firstly, anyone who owns previous special editions of the films on this set need not apply, they are the same tim lucas commentary and all. Any horror fan unfamiliar with the name mario bava (shame on you!) or has heard the name but not seen any of his films should pick this up and see what the fuss is about. The picture and sound quality on the discs is supurb, and each film is presented in the most uncut versions that exist. Occasionally that means italian dialouge only, which can be a bit disconcerting when watching an over dubbed boris karloff but overall this set represents real value for money. It says vol 1. so I'm eagerly awaiting vol 2!
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