View Full Version : Favorite Bava

04-20-2007, 10:26 PM
Bava's directed a shitload, which one makes you yell "Il Maestro!" most?

04-20-2007, 10:49 PM
Lisa and the Devil...one of my favorite horror films of all-time. Completely trippy and creepy, plus it has Telly Sevalis, which you just can't beat!

After that, I'd say Black Sunday, Rabid Dogs, Black Sabbath, and Blood and Black Lace to round out a top-5

04-20-2007, 10:54 PM
Black Sabbath is the one I return to most often. But I've loved all his films so far. Lisa and the Devil is a very close second. Problem is, I still haven't seen some of the "must-see" classics like Kill, Baby ... Kill! or Twitch of the Death Nerve :(

04-20-2007, 11:03 PM
Still has to be Lisa and the Devil after all these years. Strongly agree with what KamuiX said. Savalas is perfectly creepy, the haunted locations are atmospheric, and the story just fucks with your head in the very best way.

Other Bava personal favorites:

Baron Blood

Black Sabbath

Black Sunday

Five Dolls for an August Moon (due in large part to Edwige Fenech)

04-20-2007, 11:04 PM
Baron Blood has always been my favorite for some odd reason.

I like Lisa and the Devil too, but it starts to lose me about an hour in.

04-20-2007, 11:51 PM
Blood and Black Lace, because it is an amazing work of art, and one of the most beautiful horror films of all time. It's hard to pick just one, beacause Bava is one of my heros, and I truly love all of his films. Black Sabbath and Twitch of the Death Nerve would be numbers 2 and 3, but as I said, all of his films are brilliant. He was truly one of a kind, and a cinematic genius.

04-21-2007, 12:10 AM
Twitch of the Death Nerve. Shock, Blood and Black Lace and Lisa and the Devil are up there, too.

04-21-2007, 12:43 AM
I picked Shock but I think that's a Daria Nicolodi thing.I love Hatchet and Lisa as well.

04-21-2007, 01:47 AM

04-21-2007, 04:25 AM
Lisa and the Devil, surreal horror at it's best.

Gore Lunatic
04-21-2007, 04:37 AM
Lisa And The Devil

04-21-2007, 04:43 AM
I love most of his stuff, but BARON BLOOD has stuck with me since I was a kid. BLACK SUNDAY and TWITCH of the DEATH NERVE are not far behind though.

04-21-2007, 03:46 PM
What no Hercules in the Haunted World?

04-21-2007, 06:38 PM
Danger Diabolik is one of my favorite films ever. It's not just the best in Bava's catalog (that I've seen), but it's one of the best Italian imports of its era (and I've seen plenty).

Specifically for Rhett, it's better than anything Antonioni ever made (but Zabriskie Point is close in absurdity)

04-23-2007, 02:24 AM
I picked Blood and Black Lace, but it looks like Black Sunday (my 2nd favorite) is killing the competition!

04-23-2007, 04:58 PM
Can someone explain the differences between Lisa & the Devil and The House of Exorcism? Haven't seen either and Nexflix says "The movie is a re-edit of Italian director Mario Bava's film Lisa and the Devil -- but with vastly different results."

04-23-2007, 06:08 PM
Danger: Diabolik for me. I love anything I see that Bava has done (even lesser fare like Knives of the Avenger has its moments), but Diabolik is such a gem of filmmaking. From the casting, the look of the film and the plot. Plus you get a rockin' soundtrack courtesy of The Maestro himself.

04-23-2007, 07:40 PM
Black Sunday, although I haven't seen most of the films in the list... :(

04-23-2007, 08:38 PM
Blood & Black Lace however Kill, Baby, Kill and Shock are right up there too.

04-23-2007, 09:40 PM
Can someone explain the differences between Lisa & the Devil and The House of Exorcism? Haven't seen either and Nexflix says "The movie is a re-edit of Italian director Mario Bava's film Lisa and the Devil -- but with vastly different results."

That's right, I quoted myself. Just read up on these 2 movies; I think I'll stay away from House of Exorcism and go with Lisa & the Devil :D

04-28-2007, 05:14 PM
I just came back to this thread and noticed Four Times That Night was left out. It's not my favorite, but the girl in it is hot!

04-29-2007, 02:30 AM
He came in to his own with Black Sabbath, one of the all time great horror anthologies.

04-29-2007, 03:10 AM
And of course we owe a debt of gratitude to Black Sabbath for providing inspiration for four guys with the lame band name Earth to change their name!

04-29-2007, 05:20 AM
BLACK SABBATH is the one for me--remember seeing the US version as a kid and being creeped out by The Wurdulak. Saw the original version [with the change in the story order and with the lesbian elements of "The Telephone" left in] and it still spooked me just as much, if not more, than it did as a kid, especially "The Drop of Water."

To be honest, a lot of his others have been hit or miss with me, but BLACK SUNDAY is a very close second. Glad I can check out a lot of the others I've missed now!