31 Days of Horror: The posters of Mario Bava
Outside of his visual acumen and gift for lighting, the defining trait of Italian filmmaker Mario Bava was his versatility. During a career that spanned from the 1940s through the 1970s, Bava served as a special effects artist, cinematographer, writer and director, working on everything from science-fiction to spy thrillers to sword and sandal epics.
But Bava is best remembered for his horror films, which themselves ran the gamut of subgenres including Gothic chillers (Black Sunday, Black Sabbath), sci-fi horror (Bava’s Planet of the Vampires is a clear influence of Ridley Scott’s Alien) and slasher prototypes (Bay of Blood serves as the blueprint for Friday the 13th). (continue reading)