|release date||November 30 1965|
|starring||Erika Blanc, Luciano Catenacci, Fabienne Dali|
SynopsisMario Bava's Kill, Baby... Kill is an eerie gothic ghost-story-with-a-body-count set in a quaint Italian turn-of-the-century village. When a city coroner arrives to examine the latest victim in a long string of suicides, he discovers a town of deserted streets, suspicious and terrified townspeople, and a conspiracy of silence. The town is haunted by the specter of a homicidal adolescent girl. This fanciful nocturnal world becomes the stage for virtual pageants of death in which the victims become tortured puppets of the malevolent spirit and are forced to murder themselves.
In the stark hued nightmare world of Italian maestro Mario Bava cinema is art. He trained in the fine arts eventually followed his father Eugenio—a special effects artist and cinematographer—into the film industry working his way through the ranks as a DP on classic film such as 1956’s I VAMPIRI, which Bava completed shooting in the wake of director Riccardo Freda’s dismissal. Bava, having been born of the visual construction of cinema often added a painter’s touch to his filmed works. A Mario Bava film is like a dream construct, where narrative is often subordinate to the overall image presented through the lens. Considered by many to be his greatest triumph, 1966’s KILL, BABY…KILL! (Operazione paura or Operation Fear) is definitive in its hallmarks, personifying the arresting style, which Bava made his own in productions such as PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES and BLACK SABBATH. …Read More