Night #26: A Bay of Blood (1971)

Directed By: Mario Bava

They came to play, they stayed to die!” — Not a quote, but one of the taglines.

It’s always interesting when you see something that’s both new and yet familiar. You watch something like Nosferatu or The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and you can see the influence that it’s had throughout the years. Images and ideas that were seen, processed and twisted into something else years later have those classic movies in their DNA. So watching them for the first time can sometimes mean you don’t appreciate it the same way you might’ve if you’d seen it on release. Instead there’s a nod of appreciation, and familiarity, but nothing more.

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