Italian horror maestro Mario Bava’s 1963 anthology movie Black Sabbath attributes its 3 startling stories of supernatural horror to supply subject matter by means of 3 authors whose final names must be acquainted to avid readers of Nineteenth-century global fiction — de Maupassant, Chekhov, and Tolstoy.
Neatly, that is best in part true. The Tolstoy credited with the supply subject matter for “The Wurdulak,” a tale of Russian vampires, is not Warfare and Peace creator Leo Tolstoy however his 2d cousin, Alexei Tolstoy, who was once higher identified for his performs. And it is not Anton Chekhov who penned the foundation for the supremely creepy “Drop of Water” however any individual named Ivan Chekov, who if truth be told is not an actual particular person in any respect however one thing of a funny story by means of Bava and credited co-writers Alberto Bevilacqua and Marcello Fondato. As for Man de Maupassant’s involvement in “The Phone,” some historians counsel that that is once more a fabrication — and, in reality, there may be an extra credit score for any individual named “F.G. Snyder,” who could also be a made-up particular person — even though Bava historian Tim Lucas has prompt that the episode bears a passing resemblance to de Maupassant’s tale “The Horla,” which was once made into Diary of a Madman, starring Vincent Worth and launched the similar yr as Black Sabbath.
Irrespective of actual or imagined authors, Black Sabbath is one in every of Bava’s most pleasurable and spine-chilling titles, thank you in no small phase to Boris Karloff, who each narrates the movie and brings the shivers to “The Wurdulak.”