Tag: Mario Bava

Mario Bava’s Caltiki comes to Blu

Mario Bava’s Caltiki comes to Blu

June 5, 2017 | By

Review of Caltiki: The Immortal Monster (1959), directed by Mario Bava and Riccardo Freda, and released in a near-perfect Blu-ray package by Arrow Films / MVD Visual.

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Journeys to the Center of the Earth

Journeys to the Center of the Earth

May 7, 2015 | By

Reviews of two films in which characters go below the Earth’s surface: the 1959 classic adaptation of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and Mario Bava’s fun Hercules in the Haunted World (1961).

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DVD: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

DVD: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

May 7, 2015 | By

The success of Black Sunday (1960) for American studio AIP and his special effects work on Hercules and the Captive Women (1961) in Italy led to Bava being hired to helm a new Hercules film with a three week production schedule. Lucky for Bava, the franchise mandated colour and ‘scope cinematography…

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The Films of Jack H. Harris, Part 1: The Blob and its unlikely spawn

The Films of Jack H. Harris, Part 1: The Blob and its unlikely spawn

December 1, 2014 | By

First of a multi-part retrospective on producer Jack H. Harris starting with the original 1958 production of The Blob + its 1972 sequel, the 1988 remake (new on Blu from Twilight Time), Mario Bava’s fun Blob riff, Caltiki (1959) + respective soundtrack reviews.

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BR: Caltiki – The Immortal Monster / Caltiki – il mostro immortale (1959)

BR: Caltiki – The Immortal Monster / Caltiki – il mostro immortale (1959)

December 1, 2014 | By

Already an esteemed cinematographer and wonderful effects whiz, Mario Bava remained a reluctant director – reportedly wanting to move into the director’s chair, but keeping a deliberate distance – so it took some clever maneuvering by Riccardo Freda, Calitiki’s original director, to give Bava a taste of directing a full movie…

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CD: Mario Bava Anthology Vol. 4: I Vampiri (1957) + Caltiki (1959) + Lisa e il Diavolo / Lisa and the Devil (1973)

CD: Mario Bava Anthology Vol. 4: I Vampiri (1957) + Caltiki (1959) + Lisa e il Diavolo / Lisa and the Devil (1973)

December 1, 2014 | By

According to Tim Lucas’ liner notes, I Vampiri / Devil’s Commandment (1957) and Caltiki (1959) were productions that, in a rather complicated way, were ‘given’ to Mario Bava to finish when director Riccardo Freda wanted out, and felt he could give Bava the chance he’d been waiting for to direct not one but two horror films…

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Black Glove Ballads: The Art of the Italian Giallo Soundtrack 3.0: Bonus Content!

Black Glove Ballads: The Art of the Italian Giallo Soundtrack 3.0: Bonus Content!

October 11, 2013 | By

Links to a pair of montages that didn’t make the final cut of the lecture, plus thanks to all who came, who provided advice, and who organized a fun evening.

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Black Glove Ballads: The Art of the Italian Giallo Soundtrack 2.0

Black Glove Ballads: The Art of the Italian Giallo Soundtrack 2.0

October 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Quick links to some reviews of Mario Bava giallo films in the KQEK.com archives, plus a link to my Top 5 Giallo Films at BlogTO!

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Happy Mittel-Halloween

Happy Mittel-Halloween

October 30, 2011 | By

Idle Sunday news bits about “caring sessions” in two Calgary grade schools in place of Halloween, Mario Bava, spooky movies at NYC’s Lincoln Center and Film Forum, Nicholas Ray at the Lightbox, and a screening of Israel’s first horror film Rabies / Kalevet (2010) at Innis Hall tonight.

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