Mario Bava’s final film is a keeper. Shock is full of creepy, surreal imagery that is greatly aided by a wonderfully spooky performance by child actor David Colin Jr. [who also starred in the first Beyond the Door film]. Colin plays Marco, a sensitive child who is possessed by the sprit of his father who died under mysterious circumstances. His mom is your typical Italian horror histrionic actress who screams far too much and far too long. It’s actually quite annoying. The rest of the cast is fine.
The star of this film is the feeling it gives the viewer. Bava’s creativity is always fun to watch. He really comes up with some unique and artistic horror images. The soundtrack which is a bit “Goblin-esque” [Goblin was an Italian prog-rock band] is full of texture and atmosphere that enhances the overall feel of the film.
I realize that Italian horror is not everyone’s taste but Shock should appear to horror fans of all types. It’s part demon possession tale, part ghost story and part murder mystery. Like many Bava films, the storyline is not as important as the experience. Bava finishes his career with a strong offering that showcases the talents of a visionary director, writer and cinematographer. Well done.
RATING: Very Good.
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