|Black Sabbath (1963)|
|Writers:||Mario Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, and Marcello Fondato|
|Starring:||Boris Karloff, Mark Damon, and Michele Mercier|
It is unfortunate that the movie begins with “The Drop of Water,” because it is absolutely the best and most memorable story of the three. Featuring the visual motif of a shriveled up elderly fortune teller, her face is enough to send shivers down the spine of most viewers. Why the folks at AIP thought this was a good opener for the movie completely baffles my mind. This sequence is a closing segment if ever there was one. Building on a tremendous amount of suspense and featuring the most outrageous lighting in the film, “Drop of Water” is actually frightening. When the elderly woman, whose face looks like a distorted plastic doll, stares directly into the camera, it becomes obvious that this is the sequence that audiences will remember. This is the one that will prevent the kids from being able to fall asleep. Although I do not intend to bury the other pieces of this anthology, all three are pretty solid, but “Drop of Water” is a nightmarish trip into the bizarre and it is certainly a big part in why this movie is still so fondly remembered.