Thursday, 3 May 2007

Kill, Baby . . . Kill! (1966)

Mario Bava’s Kill, Baby . . . Kill! is a wonderful piece of Italian gothic horror from 1966. As always in Bava’s movies, the cinematography is astonishing and the use of colour is extraordinary. This movie has so much gothic atmosphere it’s almost overkill. It’s a tale of a village that is cursed, as a punishment for allowing a young girl to bleed to death. There’s witchcraft as well, but handled in a manner that is quite unusual for a 1966 movie. For a Bava movie it’s fairly restrained. Not much gore here, but plenty of genuine horror with some very creepy moments. A superbly crafted film by one of the grand masters of horror.

9 out of 10

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