Directed by: Mario Bava
Friday, December 13 - Saturday, December 14, 2013
High-definition digital projection
“[Has] an almost Technicolor richness that encompasses a wide range of styles, from a kind of enameled hardness that recalls the work of Douglas Sirk to a luminous, painterly vividness based on Bava’s endlessly churning fog machine and shimmering color gels.
“The plot, typical of this always narrative-challenged director, is just an excuse for a series of gorgeously fetishized set-pieces. It seems that Peter Kleist (Antonio Cantafora), the young descendant of Baron Otto von Kleist (a Vlad the Impaler style madman from 300 years ago), has finished his M.A. and come to Austria to look into his heritage. There he meets architecture student Eva Arnold (Elke Sommer), and the two of them decide to conjure up his ancestor. Happily, Peter brings along an ancient scroll telling him exactly how to resurrect this monster. Unhappily, the Baron indeed returns, wreaking havoc on the locals and trying to murder Peter and Eva, who unwittingly hold the secret to sending him back into the dustbin of history…
“BARON BLOOD is ultimately a heady exercise in style, with several brilliantly mounted sequences; a convincing, insistent air of horror; and some unforgettable imagery.” – Bright Lights Film JournalPG, 90 Minutes
West Germany/Italy, 1972