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ShudderTV to Host BAVA-THON (Mario Bava Film run)

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In honor of horror legend Mario Bava’s birthday this Friday (July 31), AMC- backed horror streaming service Shudder will be hosting a BAVA-THON on Shudder TV all weekend starting on Friday. Here is a teaser video for Bava-thon (unlisted) and a look at the film lineup for the weekend. The line-up will be available on ShudderTV, the free, 24-hour streaming ...

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Film Review: The Day The Sky Exploded (1958)

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SYNOPSIS: “An atomic rocket is launched on a manned moon mission, but one of the engines malfunctions. The rocket’s steering is broken. The pilot disengages the capsule and returns to Earth. The atomic booster, however, continues on, eventually crashing into and exploding in an asteroid belt. The explosion dislodges many asteroids from their orbits. They coalesce into one giant cluster ...

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Film Review: A Bay of Blood (Twitch of the Death Nerve) (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: The wealthy Countess Federica (Isa Miranda) is brutally murdered and the crime is made to look like a suicide. Someone has conspired to take control of her beautiful bayside estate and turn it into a resort to reap the monetary benefits. Little do the conspirators know that death is stalking them. Their greed is soon rewarded with absolute carnage. ...

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Film Review: Planet of the Vampires (Terrore nello spazio) (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Italian science fiction/horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero’s “One Night of 21 Hours”. The story follows the horrific experiences of ...

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Film Review: Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: Industrialist George Stark invites a small group of wealthy friends to his private island for a weekend of relaxation and light business. He wants them to meet the brilliant chemist Gerry Farrell who has invented a new chemical process. Against his wishes, Farrell is engaged in business discussions revolving around millions of dollars worth of investment. As each of ...

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Film Review: Kidnapped (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment, Kidnapped involves a gang of criminals who, when their robbery goes wrong, take a woman, man, and sick child hostage and embark on a tension-fueled getaway. In a departure from his more audacious visual style, Bava keeps the action claustrophobic and the tension wound tight, building to an unexpected (and unforgettable) ...

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Film Review: Baron Blood (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: In director Mario Bava’s sumptuous Technicolor Gothic horror classic, an American student Peter Kleist travels to Austria on summer holiday to learn more about his family roots. By reciting an incantation on a piece of ancient parchment, he succeeds in scaring up a genuine ancestor – Baron Otto von Kleist, a 16th century sadistic nobleman whose appetite for cruelty ...

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Film Review: Black Sunday (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: In Mario Bava’s gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers’ family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava’s credited directorial debut, ...

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