Combustible Celluloid
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With: Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner, David Colin Jr., Ivan Rassimov
Written by: Francesco Barbieri, Lamberto Bava, Paolo Brigenti, Dardano Sacchetti
Directed by: Mario Bava
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92
Date: 18/03/2013

Shock (1977)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Possessions of a Dangerous Mind

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Mario Bava's final film is more or less a sequel to a movie called Beyond the Door (1974), but the two movies have very little to do with one another, save for some thematic similarities. In Shock, the beautiful, wispy blonde Dora Baldini (Daria Nicolodi) moves back into her old house with her new husband Bruno (John Steiner), an airline pilot, and her creepy son Marco (David Colin Jr.). Apparently Dora's former husband died in this house, and strange things begin to happen to bring it all back. Not least of all, Marco begins seeing an "invisible friend," and behaving strangely, even attempting to kill his mom and step-dad. While the film has only scant evidence of Bava's masterly directorial touches or his trademark use of color, it's actually an effective, scary horror movie in its own right. Some sources say that Mario's son Lamberto Bava directed a good portion of the picture. Blue Underground released the DVD in 2007, complete with a Lamberto Bava interview, a trailer, TV spots and talent bios.

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