The grand master of Italian horror, Mario Bava captivated audiences around the world with his dreamlike, horrifying, and visually breathtaking films, all of which relied on creativity and visual trickery rather than big budgets. Though marketed as B-movies during the 1960s and 1970s, Bava's films have earned a large cult following for their artistry and their ability to chill viewers with uncanny skill.
From his classic first feature, Black Sunday, to rapturous color favorites like Black Sabbath and Danger: Diabolik, Bava's work is discussed in depth in this program, which also reveals how much he influenced later horror/ sci-fi films, not to mention future generations of directors like Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Brian DePalma.
Packed with exciting film clips and rare photographs, this shivery treat contains exclusive interviews with Tim Burton, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, John Saxon, and Sam Arkoff.
One of the masters of the horror film, Italian director Mario Bava revolutionized the horror genre. One of the first true auteurs of an often maligned type of filmmaking, Bava elevated the horror film to the level art, becoming known for his low budget yet hyper stylized, surreal, visually stunning movies. MAESTRO OF THE MACABRE documents Bava's brilliant career.