Knives of the Avenger (1966)

Knives of the Avenger





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An army of merciless Vikings invade unsuspecting towns, leaving murder and mayhem in their wake. It is up to local residents to band together in an attempt to fight off the mauraders.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mario Bava, Alberto Liberati, Giovanni Simonelli, Giorgio C. Simonelli, John M. Old
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On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Sider Films



as Rurik/Helmut

as Viking King

as Hagen's Henchman

as Hagen's Henchman
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Critic Reviews for Knives of the Avenger

All Critics (3)

Has some appeal in its earnest story.

Full Review… | May 5, 2013
Combustible Celluloid

Grand Viking opera

Full Review… | February 14, 2010

The colossally incompetent vibe will undoubtedly turn off all but the most ardent Bava follower...

Full Review… | February 6, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Knives of the Avenger


Very minor Mario Bava. It's basically an old-fashioned western revenge plot re-imagined as a Viking adventure. It's remarkable only for the unusual relationships of the central characters; a Hollywood movie of the same era would certainly not expect us to sympathise with a rapist!

Stephen M

Super Reviewer

I wasn't blown away by Knives of the Avenger but it picked up for the last act. A majority of the action took place outdoors, which doesn't lend well for Bava's signature lighting. Still, it's a lot better than Bava's later work, but don't knock yourself out looking for an out of print copy. Although, the flashback scene seemed to be the basis for half of Terry Gilliam's work.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

This film just never grabbed me. There's nothing wrong with how it's filmed, and I suppose it might've been exciting for the time period in which it was released, but being that I'm not a fan of the adventure genre, I just couldn't get into this one.

Pass, unless you're a Bava completist.

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