Black Sabbath

Los Angeles, CA: American International Pictures [AIP], 1963. Combined Continuity Script for the 1964 American edit of the 1963 Italian film, "Black Sabbath," directed by Mario Bava, an anthology of three horror stories. Bava's second feature for AIP after "Black Sunday" was first released in Italy with the stories in this order: (1) "Il Telefono [The Telephone]," falsely credited to Guy de Maupassant, concerning a woman (Michele Mercier) receiving telephone calls from beyond the grave. This short sequence is famously the first Italian horror film to have been shot in color. The second and best of the three stories, "Wurdulak", by Aleksei Tolstoi, stars Boris Karloff as an aging vampire who can only feed on those he loves. The final tale, "La Goccia d'Acqua," falsely credited to Anton Chekhov, features Jacqueline Pierreux, who steals a ring from a corpse she is preparing for burial, only to be murdered by the old woman's ghost. The American version, represented by this continuity, was also cut by Bava, but differs in four major areas: the print is shorter, the stories appear in a different order, there is a linking device with Karloff speaking directly to the audience from a foggy void, and Roberto Nicolosi's musical score is replaced with one by lounge-icon Les Baxter. The American release of the film is also missing a comic coda featuring Karloff riding on horseback; this appears in most Eurpoean prints of the film, including Bava's original cut. Finally, "The Telephone" was re-dubbed and slightly re-cut by Bava at AIP's request to create a supernatural angle and disguise the lesbian overtones of the story.

57 pages, with the title page in blue, dated February 27th, 1964. Very Good plus condition overall, bound at the head with a metal clasp as typically found on AIP continuities of the 1960s. An extremely scarce document providing some detailed insight into a film that was released in several different versions.


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