Film #120: I VAMPIRI
3 out of 5 stars
Even though the credits for this film list Riccardo Freda as director, make no mistake… this is a Mario Bava film According to legend, Bava serves as Director of Photography, but ended up finishing the film as director. The crisp & beautiful B&W rivets the eye to the screen and gives the rather slow - and decidedly non-horror - proceedings a dream-like quality. Luckily, the print is stunning and fairly drips with beautiful Gothic atmosphere. Those who already know - and revere - the name Bava will drink this up. Non-Bava aficionados may want to try other of his films first - BLACK SUNDAY, BLOD AND BLACK LACE, WHIP AND THE BODY, BAY OF BLOOD… Still… I VAMPIRI is a delight and a welcome and unexpected treat.