“An obscure cult figure during his lifetime, Mario Bava (1914 – 80) is now widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential figures of the post-war Italian cinema. Director, cameraman, editor, and special effects wizard, Bava is best-known as the man behind such stylish and innovative horror films as “Black Sunday”, “Black Sabbath”, “Blood and Black Lace”, and “Twitch of the Death Nerve”. What is not commonly known is that, before becoming a director, Bava enjoyed an equally long career as one of Italy’s leading cinematographers, by collaborating with the likes of directors Roberto Rossellini, G.W. Pabst, Vittorio De Sica, and Raoul Walsh. An even greater secret is that Bava’s workaholic tendencies compelled him to supplement his directorial career with numerous uncredited side-jobs for friends and colleagues.” – from Mario Bava : All the Colors of the Dark by Tim Lucas.”
Yes, Bava did direct a hell of a lot Horror films, but he also directed many other great films that were not all ghouls’n ghosts. He dabbled in fantasy, sci-fi, western, romantic comedy, and he even made a film based on Italian comic book character Diabolik. Fantastic cinema gems…..find and enjoy.