Kill, Baby... Kill!

1966 [ITALIAN]

Action / Horror / Mystery

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.9/10 10 7667 7.7K

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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Anonymous_Maxine 8 / 10

Faster, pussycat...

This is a surprisingly effective horror film, since I got it on a collection of 10 old horror movies for $15. I have three or four other ten horror movie collections and have only seen one or two films from them. I wonder how many more are actually worth watching? I have a love of really old and even really bad horror movies, For some reason terrible old horror movies can be a ton of fun to watch, while terrible new horror movies just come off as exploitative and stupid (Cabin Fever, Wrong Turn, House of the Dead, etc.).

In Mario Bava's 1966 horror classic, Kill, Baby, Kill, there have been some mysterious deaths in a small village, the isolation and pure strangeness of which reminds me of the town from The Wicker Man. Evidently a seven year old girl burned to death 20 years earlier and continues to haunt the town. Anybody that she reveals herself to almost immediately dies a terrible death which will look like suicide to any subsequent investigation. As was also the case in The Wicker Man, the outside detective assigned to the case gradually questions his certainty that it's all just some kind of superstitious hysteria.

He initially explains the phenomena as poverty and ignorance, combined with superstition. A dangerous combination, to be sure. Bava takes this premise and does all kinds of cinematic trickery with it, much more than is common in horror. He makes psychological use of lighting and color, expertly frames his shots within outstanding sets (seriously, even the bad ones are good), and delivers the surprisingly complex story with a level of skill rarely seen in the genre. He makes good use of the quick zoom lens and such ever-effective horror film tools as children and hallways (Kubrick was surely influenced by this film when he made The Shining, we have the ghost of a little girl, the creepy hallways, even the ghostly bouncing ball) and does some great things with a spiral staircase.

I expected the movie to be terrible, at least because of the collection in which it is contained, although I guess I should be careful about assuming that a 10-movie horror collection that comes out to $1.50 per movie will be full of bad ones. One of my other collections has the original House on Haunted Hill and Night of the Living Dead, for example, but I didn't expect many more that would be any good. Kill, Baby, Kill, though, is certainly an overlooked gem.

Reviewed by Hey_Sweden 7 / 10

A good, solid Gothic horror film from Bava.

The people of a late 19th century European village are beginning to perish in incidents that could be accidents, suicides...or murders. A dedicated police inspector, Kruger (Piero Lulli), investigates the case, while calling in a doctor from out of town. Dr. Paul Eswai (Giacomo Rossi Stuart) arrives to find a community full of frightened and deeply superstitious citizens, which frustrates the practical man of medicine. Dr. Paul even goes so far as to perform an autopsy on a young woman, a practice that these locals find to be abhorrent. In an odd touch, victims are found with gold coins placed inside their hearts.

The relatively simple story actually isn't hard to follow at all, and in fact much crucial plot information is conveyed through pure exposition. Still, when this exposition is so vividly delivered by such an eclectic cast, it's hard to complain too much. Master of the macabre Mario Bava does go overboard with his frequent zooming in on people and then zooming back out. Other than that, this is an engaging example of the whole Gothic horror genre, with Bava working at the peak of his abilities. As he demonstrated so stylishly in previous efforts such as "Black Sunday" and "Black Sabbath", Bava was expert at creating an otherworldly atmosphere. He's capably assisted by his set decorator, Alessandro Dell'Orco, and cinematographer, Antonio Rinaldi. Bava also helped with the lighting, uncredited. Carlo Rustichellis' music is excellent, and the sound design is another plus, with that infernal giggling helping to put us on edge.

The handsome Rossi Stuart is a jut jawed, stoic hero. Erika Blanc is beautiful and appealing as Monica Schuftan, who assists him with the autopsy. Gorgeous raven haired Fabienne Dali is intoxicating as Ruth, the local sorceress. Lulli, Luciano Catenacci, and Giovanna Galletti round out our interesting primary cast. One key casting decision is crucial in keeping the film somewhat off kilter.

The finale is over awfully quickly, but there's still a fair bit to recommend here. The sequence that takes place about a quarter hour from the end is the most striking of all.

Seven out of 10.

Reviewed by Coventry 10 / 10

Brilliant and mesmerizing Gothic horror

I consider it my own personal mission to make the world aware that Mario Bava was the greatest horror director of all times and ... with brilliant movies like this "Operazione Paura" ...it can't be too difficult to fulfill that mission. This Gothic masterpiece easily ranks high among the most beautiful horror movies ever made, with an atmosphere that constantly causes you to gasp and a striking photography that influenced even the most successful directors in the post-Bava era. This haunting gem takes place in an early 20th century ghost town, complete with superstitious inhabitants, fog-enshrouded cemeteries and supernatural curses! Paul Eswai is an young and ambitious coroner/doctor who's called to the town to perform an autopsy on the unfortunate Irena Hollander who died under mysterious circumstances. It doesn't take Paul long to find out that there are many more mysteries that need to be cleared out in this town... All the strange deaths in this town are related to the tragic accident that killed the young Melissa 20 years earlier. Has the restless soul of this girl returned to avenge her own death ... or is it her witchy mother Baroness Graps who entrenches herself in her lonely old mansion? The script contains a few holes (rather big ones...) but Bava cleverly camouflages them by a stunning use of color or by introducing creepy gimmicks. "Kill Baby...Kill" contains some truly horrific, yet masterful oddities that have been copied numerous times since, like the constant eerie use of mirrors, a ball bouncing through corridors in slow-motion or the mesmerizing spiral-staircase sequence. The absolute best sequence can't even be put into words, so great it is! I won't spoil it, though...it involves a bizarre pursuit by the hero himself but you have to watch the film in order to believe what happens. The camera-work is outstanding, the color pattern is powerful and the filming location is really breathtaking! The town is a nightmare place...and this is wonderfully illustrated with dying trees...ramshackle building and the very unappealing inn. This is subtle and atmospheric Gothic terror, so you shouldn't expect large amounts of bloodshed or sleaze. Don't be alarmed, though, because this film evokes shocks and nightmares without a single gruesome image. "Kill Baby...Kill" is at least ten times scarier than, for example, "the Shining" and yet no one ever mentions it. It's about time Mario Bava receives credit for his achievements.

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