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



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Originally Operazione Paura, this Mario Bava horrorama has travelled under a multitude of English-language titles: Operation Fear, Kill, Baby Kill, Curse of the Dead and Curse of the Living Dead. The scene is a remote village, where a brutal murder has occured. Things get curiouser and curiouser when investigating detective Piero Luilli likewise falls victim to the killer. The culprit is the revenge-driven ghost of a young girl. All you-know-what breaks loose during the finale, which pits the spectral murderer against coroner Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, nurse Erika Blanc, and village sorceress Labrienne Dali.


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

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The movie is an immersion as much as it is a narrative.

Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…

It's utterly convincing, a reminder that cinema had all the tools it needed before computers.

Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

A perfect Gothic horror film, and a kind of sign-off from the "classic" phase of the genre.

Sep 20, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

a story of collective guilt & implacable vindictiveness, as the past keeps returning to prey vampirically on the present - but also a story that travels through darkness to the dawn, ushering in a new epoch, exorcised of all diabolical vestiges.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Restored version of Italian horror icon Mario Bava's eerie 1966 ghost story burnishes the elegant use of color often blurred on DVDs and older prints.

Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…

A chilling horror film made by the often unseen director Mario Bava.

Oct 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

As a typical Mario Bava film, it aged quite poorly and has a lot of plot holes; still, if what you are looking for is mood and atmosphere, this greatly influential ghost story has plenty of that to offer and looks awesome with its saturated colors, creepy sets and evocative compositions.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
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
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
Bruce Bruce

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