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Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N State St, Chicago, Illinois 60601
This film is a part of our «Mario Bava: The Baroque Beauties of Italian Horror» Series: siskelfilmcenter.org/mariobavaTwo
Tickets available at: siskelfilmcenter.org/bayofblood
“If only one-hundredth of the films it influenced had one-hundredth of its perfection, the horror film would be a much less reputable and more wonderful thing than has been the case.” — Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
The British black comedy KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS was reputedly the inspiration for the humor-tinged A BAY OF BLOOD, which adopts a similar theme of murder-for-greed. In terms of artful murder methods, this is one of Bava’s most lavish and imaginative productions. In terms of body count, it’s a story on the scale of a Shakespearean tragedy, but the carnage is more likely to amuse than repulse. The estate of an invalid countess is coveted by ruthless relatives and hangers-on, who scheme to kill each other off. Splendidly satirical and bursting with color, this film features Bava’s excess at its best. In English. DCP digital.