I get to sit down and write today! I started to write a review for this movie Thursday, but things just didn't work out to where I could get it finished. I went ahead and deleted that post since I didn't get very far into it, and it started by talking about Thanksgiving and all. Speaking of that, I hope everyone that reads this had a great time on that day. Things have been pretty busy for me since then but today I am just going to sit around and do nothing. So what did I watch so many days ago? Kill, Baby...Kill! (1966), another Mario Bava film. I was a little more interested in this film since it had to do with my favorite sub-genre, ghosts.
Kill, Baby...Kill! starts with a death and then we find out a little later who died. Inspector Kruger (Piero Lulli) comes to town because Irena Hollander (Mirella Pamphili) wrote him a letter explaining that she feared for her life. Kruger shows up but is to late, she died that very day. Kruger calls in Dr. Paul Eswai (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) in order to do an autopsy. All Paul is able to find is a silver coin placed inside Irena's heart. This happened because the people in this town believe that will allow the person to rest in peace. Paul and Kruger don't believe in that type of thing. Nor do they believe in the ghost girl (Valeria Valeri) that is said to show up just before a person's death. What is the truth about this ghost girl and what does she want?
The effects are ok. A little blood but not a lot of it. The biggest effect was actually the very first effect where Irena impales herself on a fence. I'm sure that was shocking for the 1960s. The acting seemed good. It was subtitled this time instead of dubbed. The main reason I like dubbing is because sometimes the subtitles disappear too fast. I know I can go back and look but it's a pain to do sometimes. I really liked Fabienne Dali because she has an interesting character. She plays the part of a sorceress, at least that is the way it is listed in the credits. She reminded me a bit more of like a witch doctor or something like that. Valeria Valeri was good as the ghost girl but I'm not sure that she fit in with the rest of the cast. Everyone had a certain look about them, lot of dark haired people and then there is Melissa, the ghost girl, who is a pale blond girl. You will also find Erika Blanc, Luciano Catenacci, Franca Dominici and Giovanna Galletti.
I have really knocked Mario Bava but I actually enjoyed this movie. It still wasn't great but I enjoyed it a lot more than some of his other movies. I liked that two of the main characters didn't believe in such things as ghosts and curses. Everyone else seemed to believe so this was a nice contrast. I was a bit surprised by the period Kill, Baby...Kill! was set in. It does have the feel of an older movie and I just brushed that off by thinking it is an older movie. We discover that the little girl died in the later 1800's and then we find out that it has been 20 years since her death. This really surprised me. The town in takes place in did have the feel of that time period, but I just took it that it was done on purpose to show why they still believe in such things.
I'm not real sure I liked how they wrapped up everything in the end. That was the only time I didn't like the story too well, but this is a nice time period movie. There was one scene that I thought worked really well, even though I didn't think much of it as it started off. Paul hears someone yell for him and takes off running. He opens a door and runs on through only to appear through the door on the other side of the room. He does this over and over again and I was starting to wonder if he noticed what was going on at all. Then something interesting happens but I will let you watch and find out for yourself what happens. As I said, this isn't a great movie but it was a fun one to watch. Check it out when you can, if you don't mind subtitles that is.
3 out of 5 Good thing ghosts don't leave hand prints
5 days ago