Kill, Baby, Kill (Operazione paura) (Curse of the Living Dead) (Don't Walk in the Park) (1966)




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This Gothic horror story takes place in Translyvania where the countryside is crawling with vampires and other terrifying creatures. Reminiscent of the horror films of the late 1940s, the main focus of fear is the ghost of a seven year old girl. This appears to be a successful follow up to Black Sabbath for director Mario Bava.

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Mario Bava, Romano Migliorini, Roberto Natale, John Hart
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On DVD: Dec 31, 2001
Europix Consolidated

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as Dr. Paul Eswai

as Monica Schuftan

as Ruth (the sorceress)

as Monica Schuftan

as Inspector Kruger

as Baroness Graps

as Nadienne

as Irena Hollander
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Critic Reviews for Kill, Baby, Kill (Operazione paura) (Curse of the Living Dead) (Don't Walk in the Park)

All Critics (6)

...a typically underwhelming effort from director Mario Bava.

Full Review… | February 6, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Bava has never presented his moods so vividly and with such effervescence.

Full Review… | April 12, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Kill, Baby... Kill! is more than just a pretty picture. At its heart is a wickedly cool Euro-horror story that's sure to stick with you long after the lights have been turned out for the night.

Full Review… | March 27, 2007

This conflict between modern medicine and superstition lends Kill, Baby...Kill! a moral volatility that's noticeably absent from other films in Bava's canon.

Full Review… | June 16, 2003
Slant Magazine

September 17, 2005

January 9, 2003

Audience Reviews for Kill, Baby, Kill (Operazione paura) (Curse of the Living Dead) (Don't Walk in the Park)

A good ghost story, nicely directed by Mario Bava. The actors aren't so great, but the characters are interesting, strange, and surprising. The movie is sort of confusing at first, but it's a mystery, and you figure it out by the end. It's a cool, slightly surrea,l Gothic ghost story, and if you like Bava's work, you should check it out.

Aj V

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In a small town in Transylvanian, police detective Kruger calls upon Doctor Paul Eswai to perform an autopsy on a woman who died a violent death, but the unusual thing is that a coin was embedded in her heart. When Dr Eswai arrives in town he discovers that the town is paralysed by fear of a dreaded curse of a spirit of a young girl who died 20 years earlier and the towns folk aren't all to happy about doctor interfering in their business.

Breathtaking! Yes, breathtaking indeed. It's only my third viewing of a Mario Bava film and what a talented and versatile director he is. This film breathes Gothic atmosphere and chills, with air of mystery to keep you glued to this subtle nightmare. The remote nature of the film adds to the spooky sets with dark shadowy pathways, creepy graveyard, a misty town with its eerie ruins and a downright unnerving Villa Graps, where the locals fear to tread! The whole surroundings come across as rather forbiddingly stark and very alienating. With a colour scheme that jumps out at you and that only Bava can create. What compensates the visual flair is the horrifyingly tense, but mystical score and effectively jittery sound effects. Damn that hissing wind! Also profound camera work that's incredibly vivid and swirling panning all over the place helps convey such a brood mood. There always seemed to be lurking danger even if it wasn't evident on screen. With all that, we are put into a whirlwind of such unease, which bleeds with a high amount of tension and frights.

The odd plot builds on the superstition and the dialogue was rather interesting. Performances were so-so, no one really stood out, but they fit the buck. Really, Bava was the real star here and it shows. Even the special effects were well used, but the make-up of child spirit was damn freaky. Especially those scenes with those hands going pitta padder at the window seal. Shivers ran down my spine! Although, saying that it does have some weak spots in the continuity of the plot and I thought ending was all a bit too convenient. Anyhow, this didn't damaged my experience of this menacing chiller that grows on atmosphere, not violence. The story might be your standard run of the mill, but it's Bava's direction that makes it visually impressive and immensely spooky. Also, what a great title!

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Another Mario Bava film, the last to review in the Mario Bava Volume 1 five movie box set, and like the rest an excellent old school horror film. Set in the Late 1800's - early 1900's a town has a curse over it. A Doctor is called to a town where people are dying to do an autopsy, while there people are dying and the inspector is also killed, a child in ledged is blamed for the killings. Pretty creepy for the time it was written. Micaela Esdra is most beautiful in this film, a shame she didn't show up more in films. Bava no less then 4 stars so far.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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