Black Sunday -- that, despite its gorgeous and chilling black-and-white cinematography and a malevolent performance from Barbara Steele, doesn't hold up so well as any kind of a champ in the horror genre, it is this tight and absolutely right, ground-breaking thriller (his penultimate film, made in 1974) that is going to be remembered. This one holds up about as well as a forty-year-old film in this crowded genre has any right to do. Here, Signore Bava (shown at right) proves himself a master of suspense, surprise, black humor and much more. This film is so much better than so many other more widely-heralded genre pieces that attention really ought to be paid.
The film begins with a terrifically well-done heist scene (above), followed by a spectacular chase which leads to (maybe accidental) murder and a kidnapping (below)
Alessandro Parenzo handle all this -- the logic of it, the twists and turns, the simply stunning climax and denouement (as darkly surprising as I wager you've seen) is exemplary.
George Eastman (above, right, and below) who plays a fellow nicknamed 32. This won't mean much to us Americans, unless we realize that Italians are on the metric system, in which 32 centimeters translates into a little more than 12-1/2 inches, which should begin to bring 32's unusually ample anatomy into better focus.
Whatever: The movie can be seen now on Netflix streaming, while the newly re-mastered Blu-ray edition, from Kino Classics, can also be purchased from the usual suspects.