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Black Sabbath Fails to Live up to the Hype
on 28 November 2013
I believe Mario Bava is one of the most important directors to have ever graced film- and as far as I am concerned Boris Karloff is the numero uno when it comes to horror icon- even greater than Peter Cushing. And I adore horror films and all films from this time period- easily over what we have to endure with now. So just so you know, I am not criticising Black Sabbath because I need gore or torture porn, I am criticising it because in my opinion, having watched and owned thousands of horror films- Black Sabbath doesn't quite cut it.
We have 3 stories here, all introduced delightfully by Boris Karloff. The first is called The Telephone- great plot in which a woman keeps receiving threatening phone calls- and that is it. A very bland segment- though the light used in this is incredibly rich giving almost a Disneyesque quality to the story. Poor story though.
The Drop of Water is more like it- a little chilling in places and this segment is by far the best of the three. I would have thought that when this was released the dead corpse would have terrified cinemagoers. Now, this isn't really the case, but it's a good enough story- though I couldn't help thinking that the dead corpse was a dead ringer for Steve Buscemi.
The final story depending on what version you have watched is The Wurdalak- a great premise and a Hammeresque gothic vampire segment. Though the acting isn't really there- only Karloff stands out here- what an actor he was. And I'm afraid the story drags on at least ten minutes too long.
All in all I found Black Sabbath to be competent enough- but hardly a classic. Dead of Night is better and though Amicus certainly had hit and misses with their anthologie series, they had a couple namely, Asylum and Tales from the Crypt, that would put Black Sabbath to bed.