Black Sunday by Martyn ConterioBlack Sunday by Martyn Conterio

Black Sunday

byMartyn Conterio

Paperback | June 30, 2015

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Despite its reputation as one of the greatest and most influential of all horror films, there is surprisingly little literature dedicated to Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960), and this contribution to the Devil's Advocates series is the first single book dedicated to it. Martyn Conterio places the film in the historical context of being one of the first sound Italian horror films and how its success kick-started the Italian horror boom. The author considers the particularly Italian perspective on the gothic that the film pioneered and its fresh and pioneering approach to horror tropes such as the vampire and the witch and considers how the casting of British 'Scream Queen' Barbara Steele was crucial to the film's effectiveness and success.

Martyn Conterio is an editor and journalist specialising in Italian horror who contributes to Time Out, Starburst, and Little White Lies amongst many other publications.
Title:Black SundayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:110 pagesPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:AuteurLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:190673383X

ISBN - 13:9781906733834


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Context2. The Birth of Italian Horror3. Production and Reception4. Influences and Adaptation5. Analysis6. Black Sunday's LegacyConclusionBibliography

Editorial Reviews

Throughout, Conterio's approach, while immensely in-depth, is conversational in tone and very accessible. His humour (he describes one character as Asa's bitch) and breathtaking insight ensure this monograph is an invaluable read for anyone with an interest, not only in Bava's work, but in the history of Italian horror cinema. Essential.