The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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The trite plot drags on forever.
Bava uses his trademark brilliant color cinematography to amazing effect within the huge, old castle, though the movie as a whole is a shade or two less effective than the similar Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966).
Distinctive Bava look, distinctive incoherent plot. How did Joseph Cotten come to this?
Didn't really enjoy this. Silly plot (even past what you'd expect). Unconvincing.
Yes, slightly above average horror movie, I agree. The main characters are very typical of horror movies, mocking traditions and superstitions, to find themselves prey to the baron blood, an old ancestor of one of them. The film doesn't do much with the story, and the gore isn't very explicit, but it's pretty good. Not a bad movie at all, Bava fans will enjoy it.
Exactly what I wanted it to be, chessy, campy fun.
Yeah there are plot holes...yeah the acting is often over the top...yeah the blood looks like red latex paint...but it's 1970's Italian horror!
Just sit back and enjoy.
One of the better later-era Bava flicks. The plot's and acting are pretty thin, but it's Bava. What Baron Blood lacks in those departments it more than makes up for with atmosphere, sets and lighting. Some really great shots and scenes are in abundance--namely any time where Elke Sommer gets chased down and that seance scene was classic Bava. On the downside, it's really easy to get sick of Sommer's dumb faces and pitiful hat collection. And that little red-headed girl was more creepy than the movie's atmosphere.
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