Not to shortly after we posted our article about the Classic Horror Campaign in London did I start a long mission to become well immersed in classic horror movies. I was searching through Netflix and Came across “Black Sabbath,” not the band, but the film, the 1963 triple horror feature.
The first segment “The Drop of Water,” directed by Mario Bava, is probably one of the greatest horror films (Or segment) I think I’ve ever seen. It’s about a woman, who in an act of greed steals a dead woman’s ring, but with great consequence. The amount of influence that it has had, and that you can clearly see, on our contemporary films and directors, is refreshing.
Sam Raimi’s “Evil dead” and “Drag me to Hell” have a pretty similar style and feel to Bava’s segment, especially Drag me to Hell, which could have been a complete re-envision of this segment.
I also see a lot of Japanese horror themes. Influencing the creepy, eerie, atmospheric slow moving ghost motions made famous by movies like “the Ring,” “Kairo” (Pulse) and the “Grudge.” Even though most of the J-horror movies are well rooted in cultural foundations, there is still an influence from the early horror greats.
The “reveal” sequence in the film is close to perfect. Check it out below. It’s 10 minutes of horror perfection. Watch the full film to get a feel of this masterpiece. It’s currently on Netflix, but if your boycotting the Streaming monopoly; they’re also on YouTube.
(Note the “Frightened to death” line. Its like the Ring in Technicolor.)