One of my favorite filmmakers, Mario Bava, has three films hitting Blu-Ray next month and barely anyone has mentioned it. Bava is extremely underrated and barely even mentioned by horror fans. Personally, I think it is criminal. Every horror fan should know who Mario Bava is. You may hear about Dario Argento’s wild color scheme in films like Suspiria but Bava has a better balance of lighting. The man made Boris Karloff creepy again for god sakes! Enough of my whining, let’s get down to why I’m here.
Kino/Redemption is putting out three films of Mario Bava’s out on Blu-Ray which happen to be their US Blu-Ray debut. Arrow Video in the UK was the first to put Bava to Blu-Ray in the previously released the influential slasher Bay of Blood (a.k.a. Twitch of the Death Nerve). However, Kino/Redemption is releasing one of Bava’s most important films to not only the gothic horror genre but the horror genre overall. That film is Black Sunday. If you have never seen it and love classic black & white horror, do yourself a favor and blind buy it. Mario Bava has influenced many directors from Guillermo Del Toro to Tim Burton and should not be forgotten.
The three films to be released by Kino/Redemption other than Black Sunday are Lisa and the Devil along with the recut version The House of Exorcism and Hatchet for a Honeymoon. All three releases can be preordered below for under $20 per release by clicking on the cover and arrive on your door on September 18th!