Oscars: Honorary Academy Awards

Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gives an honorary award to a recipient for their past & present contributions to film. In the early years, this award was given for an achievement that didn’t quite fit any of the categories voted on, but in recent years, its been reserved to celebrate …

A Bunch of Bava: Black Sabbath

‘Black Sabbath,’ is a triptych of a film, putting together three short films to make up one feature-length film. The movie is hosted by Boris Karloff, who also appears in the second film. The first story is, ‘The Telephone,’ about Rosy, a woman who receives a threatening phone call. She’s alone and it’s night and …

A Bunch of Bava: Knives of the Avenger

‘Knives of the Avenger’ was the third of four movies Mario Bava made in 1966. As impressive as the output is, the style in direction of each of the four is equally solid and never lacking. However, sometimes the story lines of some of these films make it difficult for one to pay attention. ‘Knives,’ …

A Bunch of Bava: Four Times That Night

Created at the end of the swinging sixities, ‘Four Times That Night,’ is a comedic take on Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Rashomon,’ with the same story being told from multiple angels. Bava adds a new twist to the concept, turning the story into a sex comedy. The movie opens with John driving in his sports car. While …

A Bunch of Bava: Kill, Baby… Kill!

This was the fourth and final movie Mario Bava made during the busy year of 1968. The movie opens with as stunning and exciting sequence as a villager commits suicide by falling onto the spikes of a fence. She seems to be driven to do this under the watch of a creepy-looking seven year old …