Black Sunday is the 1960 horror film directed by Mario Bava. The story starts in the 17th century with the executions of Asa Vajda and Javuto. She vows to come back to life in order to punish her brother’s descendants. Two centuries later, Dr. Kruvajan and Dr. Gorobec stop in Moldavia while on their way to a conference. They visit Asa’s tomb and accidently revive her. She then resurrects her love and turns Kruvajan into a vampire. The group wreaks havoc on Prince Vajda’s family. Dr. Gorobec falls in love with his daughter, Katia, and finds out that Asa plans to take her youth and live again. Can he stop her in time?
This is a great horror film because the director relies on a creepy atmosphere to deliver the shocks. The only problem with the plot is that the witch hunters didn’t try to burn Asa and Javuto again before burying them. There is some blood, but modern viewers will find it to be rather tame. The story is pretty good, which is also helped a lot by the atmosphere. It does a good job of being scary without descending into campiness. Honolulu horror film fans should buy this movie.
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