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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Kill Baby, Kill (1966)

Italian horror is an acquired taste.  But once it's acquired, it's a meal you'll crave again and again.  Kill Baby, Kill is a supernatural feast served up by one of the masters of the sub-genre, director Mario Bava. The action takes place in an 18th Century European village where the ghost of a little girl is wreaking havoc among the locals.  

Kill Baby is cinematic eye candy with a palate of soft blues and reds that is illuminated to perfection.  Throw in some cob webs, fog and a touch of weird music and you have the perfect stage for things that go bump in the night [and occasionally kill people].

While the cast is unknown to Americans, they bring their best Italian melodrama to the table and I mean that as a compliment.  Several of the characters are delightfully demented in facial expressions and mannerisms.  The ghost girl is particularly marvelous. I would love to see her go head to head with Samara from the Ring.  I think she would kick her little wet behind!  

My only regret is that I saw the film dubbed in English.  I would love to see it in its original Italian with English subtitles.  Often overdubs rob the viewer of the original raw  emotion of the actor's native tongue.  This is replaced with voices that, at times, seem silly or inaccurate.

Overall, this one's a winner.  Bava give us a delicious feast of the supernatural in a way that is uniquely Italian.  Bravissimo!

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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