Friday, 1 June 2012

The release of the Alien prequel Prometheus got me thinking about Mario Bava, and how the endings of both Planet of the Vampires and Rabid Dogs are predicated on shock/surprise.

I think Rabid Dogs works better, because it's set in this world and the actions of Riccardo Cucciolla's character are consistent throughout, so that watching it a second time you see new resonances in the performance and the direction. In Planet of the Vampires, by contrast, the these are humans - oh no, they're not, despite their names - moment only works the first time.

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