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With: Cameron Mitchell, Fausto Tozzi, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Luciano Pollentin, Amedeo Trilli, Renato Terra, Sergio Cortona, Elissa Pichelli
Written by: Mario Bava, Alberto Liberati, Giorgio Simonelli
Directed by: Mario Bava
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Italian, with English subtitles
Running Time: 85
Date: 05/30/1966

Knives of the Avenger (1966)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Getting the Point

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Knives of the Avenger is Mario Bava's third Cameron Mitchell Viking film (after The Last of the Vikings, which Bava co-directed without credit, and Erik the Conqueror), shot in color and widescreen. It's not as interesting as some of Bava's other films, especially the horror entries, but it still has some appeal in its earnest story of a knife-throwing stranger who protects a woman and her young son from marauding Vikings. Bava co-wrote the screenplay under one of his many pseudonyms, "John Hold."

In 2019, Kino Lorber added this title to its Bava collection with a new Blu-ray release. The picture and sound are very good, highlighting the gorgeous, widescreen, outdoor cinematography. It includes both the Italian and English-language audio tracks, with optional English subtitles. (It defaults to Italian.) Extras include a typically informative Tim Lucas commentary track, a library of trailers for other Bava releases, and the five-minute English title sequence.

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