By Matteo Fava
It’s a known fact that B-movies from the the 20th century are a deep well of ideas for new or recent directors. The rediscovery of B-movies became more and more popular thanks to directors like Quentin Tarantino.
Currently it’s no longer an isolated case, and many more directors are trying to catch ideas from old low-budget movies. High budget remakes of 70’s or 80’s B-movies are being made every year by important producers and famous directors. They homage the artistic work of directors who in previous decades had little money, but a lot of interesting ideas and a passion for moviemaking.
1. Black Sunday (1960)
Two travelers by mistake resuscitate a witch named Asa, 200 years after she have been tortured and condemned to death for witchcraft. She tries now to take over the young body of her descendant to come back to life.
This movie is the exordium of the director Mario Bava and it is considered to be his masterpiece and overall a milestone of Italian horror cinema. Sublime technical skills and personal taste blend perfectly together: a fantasy-horror story with a dreamlike touch (vaguely inspired by Vij from Gogol), amazingly shot in a very stylish black and white (the cinematography is by Bava himself who already worked with the director Riccardo Freda for the movie “Lust of the Vampire”).
The movie didn’t get the success it deserved amongst Italian critics, yet it became a definite cult movie abroad getting reviewed by publications such as “Positif” and “Cahiers du cinéma.” Subsequently, it got a lot of fame in the United States with the title “Black Sunday.”
Italian horror directors like Freda and Sergio Corbucci have been deeply inspired by this movie. Thanks to this role, lead actress Barbara Steele became immediately popular. She continued starring in many → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema