The “golden age” of Italian horror films passed decades ago, but that doesn’t mean the “master of the macabre” Mario Bava is long forgotten. Bava’s films, like “Black Sunday” and “Kill, Baby, Kill,” have inspired generations of horror buffs (and musicians, notably Ozzy Osbourne) to immerse themselves in gore and fanaticism. Not unlike Guillermo Del Toro, Bava was notably meticulous with respect to every aspect of filmmaking.
Frame by Frame has concocted a new short video essay on the parallels between Del Toro and Bava; the video explores the paradigms Bava executed on each of his productions and how Del Toro makes homages as such, specifically in his newest film “Crimson Peak.” Bava’s use of contrast in color, building his own sets, and scrupulously faithful period pieces are three undeniable hallmarks of his filmmaking, all of which Del Toro uses on “Crimson Peak.”
If you haven’t seen any of Bava’s films, or “Crimson Peak” for that matter, why not have a double feature this November weekend to get you inspired… or terrified?