Black Sunday


Year 1960

Barbara Steele as  Asa/Princess Katia  
John Richardson  as Dr. Andre Gorobec
Ivo Garrani as Prince Vaida
Andrea Checchi as Dr. Tomas Kruvajan  
 
Director - Mario Bava
Screenwriters - Mario Bava   
    Ennio de Concini  
    Mario Serandrei

This isn't the movie about a terrorist planning on killing everyone at the Super Bowl. This is the Italian movie about the witch swearing revenge. And if you're not in the right frame of mind, it's an easy movie to make fun of because of the rampant use of clichés.

Stop me if you've heard this one before...too late! A witch is burned at the stake. Well, not quite. A rainstorm puts out a fire that's supposed to burn a witch at the stake. So, of course, she puts a curse on the family responsible for her current situation, which happens to be her own family. Then, she's killed in a memorable scene and instead of being burned (remember the "demonic" rainstorm), she's just buried in the family sepulcher. Then, "two centuries later" her tomb is disturbed and she wakes up ready to return to life in someone else's body.

Not exactly original, huh? In fact, I created a new category called "Special Interest" just because of this film and others like it. In spite of everything that's wrong with the movie, there are things that make this movie watchable.

First the bad news about the movie.

So why is it on this list? I'm not exactly sure. Except that...

A lot of movies set in "the present" or attempting to be "cool" using period trends appear dated a few years later. Logan's Run, anyone? Movies like Black Sunday, which are given "historic" backgrounds don't suffer from that fate at least.

I wouldn't recommend this movie as a "must watch" or give it a lot of high praise. But if you're in the mood for a Halloween kind of movie that has a few good parts, consider this one. It's a little movie that tries, and sometimes succeeds, in telling and defining a Gothic tale.


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