ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK
By Tim Lucas
Winner of 2008 Saturn Award for Special Achievement
Independent Publishers Book Award
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award
International Horror Guild Award
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Farewell, Mater Tenebrarum
Word reaches us today of the passing of the striking Romanian actress Veronica Lazar, at the age of 75. Lazar, who settled in Rome and was married to actor Adolfo Celi (Valmont in DANGER: DIABOLIK), is perhaps the only actress to have been directed by three generations of the Bava family. She was a featured player in Dario Argento's INFERNO (pictured), playing the Nurse/Mater Tenebrarum; in this role, she was directed by Mario Bava for the final special effects reveal of her character and also by the film's credited assistant director Lamberto Bava on the days when Argento was hospitalized for hepatitis, and she more recently appeared in the "Gemelle" episode of the 2012 Italian miniseries 6 PASSI NEL GIALLO directed by Lamberto's son Fabrizio Bava. She worked again with Argento in THE STENDHAL SYNDROME, and also played Martha in Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND. She was also a recurring cast member for Michelangelo Antonioni and Bernardo Bertolucci, appearing in IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN and BEYOND THE CLOUDS, as well as LAST TANGO IN PARIS, LUNA and THE SHELTERING SKY.
Friday, February 21, 2014
RIP Brigitte Skay (1940-2012)
|Brigitte Skay in Mario Bava's BAY OF BLOOD (1971).|
Just coming to light now: German actress Brigitte Skay passed away almost two years ago, on November 19, 2012, at the age of 62. She was a welcome, sexy presence in several Eurocult films of the 1960s and '70s, including ISABELLA - DUCHESS OF THE DEVILS, SS HELL CAMP, the Edgar Wallace krimi DIE TOTE AUS DER THEMSE, and also Mario Bava's FOUR TIMES THAT NIGHT and BAY OF BLOOD. She is especially well-remembered for her brilliantly choreographed, startlingly executed death scene in the latter, which featured early gore effects by Carlo Rambaldi. Brigitte (whom Kris J. Nygaard-Gavin interviewed for MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK) was very proud of having worked with the man who created E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL and remembered that Mario advised her that she should only wear the color green.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It's The Cat's Meow
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By Popular Demand
MARIO BAVA - ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK is now available as an eBook! With bonus interactive content! To order, visit the VIDEO WATCHDOG website here.
Monday, October 14, 2013
Book and Black Lace
Tribute from Terry and Lauran
"Back before the internet," he writes, "people read and actually collected quaint objects called 'books.' Unplug yourself from the web and embrace the tactile pleasures of this unholy tome, Mario Bava All the Colors of the Dark..."
Friday, September 20, 2013
Friday, August 09, 2013
Bava In Oz
Monday, February 04, 2013
Do you have a copy of MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK? Have you sent us a picture of yourself posing with your copy? As you can see on this blog, a lot of you have -- and we love to see pictures of our book travelling all around the world and settling into new homes. If you haven't done this, we'd love to see it, you with it, and where you keep it. Email directly to me at email@example.com.
Friday, February 01, 2013
KRI, Baby... KRI!
Perhaps MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK can help to inspire KRI (as she signs her notes to me) to write something along similar lines within the universe of Bava? Stranger things have happened. For the moment, it makes me happy just to see the book in her hands and the glow on her face.
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Surprise for Stephen
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Another Satisfied Reader: Ted Rusoff
You may be aware that Ted Rusoff -- one of the most distinctive dubbing voices (and directors) of the Golden Age of Italian Fantasy -- is the worthy subject of a career-length feature article by John Charles appearing in the current issue of VIDEO WATCHDOG (#159). As the article states, Ted's long list of dubbing roles includes some work in Mario Bava projects, including Christian Menliff (Tony Kendall) in THE WHIP AND THE BODY and John the butler (Leopoldo Mastelloni) in Dario Argento's INFERNO; he and Bava were also personal friends and colleagues for a couple of decades. Because Ted (and his uncle, Samuel Z. Arkoff) played such a major role in Bava's career, Donna and I recently made a gift of the book to him.
"I wanted you to know how o-ver-JOYED I am to have the book!" he wrote back. "Not just to have it, but the fact that it actually got here... Thank you for the lovely inscription, Tim, and it was terrific to see a quote from Uncle Sam on the back cover! Guess which chapter I'm going to start out with tomorrow?" [Ted was aware that he is mentioned prominently in a behind-the-scenes anecdote related in the chapter on DR. GOLDFOOT & THE GIRL BOMBS.]
Ted subsequently extended the Bava book his highest personal compliment by installing its 12-pound heft on a wrought-iron bookstand he had especially made years ago for his personal, much-thumbed copy of the 1934 MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY, which -- in evidence of his merit as a word man -- he considers "the greatest book ever published." The bookstand is, indeed, a thing of beauty.
"What a lovely man Mario was!" Ted recalls, echoing the sentiments of many who knew him. "I (and I think many many other people) still miss him a lot. He deserved your magnificent accolade, Tim. Thank you both from the bottom of my heart."
Labels: Ted Rusoff
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Best Two Christmas Presents Ever!
Jason Pichonsky writes: "At the initial release of MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK, you were soliciting photos of readers with the 'Black Bible of Bava.' I'm not sure if you still are, but, a year later, I just wanted to add my photo to the mix.
"While I received your book later, the much-coveted biography was a Christmas gift from my wife. I had first heard of ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK in early 2000 -- the same time I discovered Mario Bava's films. I had picked up a rental of BLACK SUNDAY and immediately fell in love with the Maestro. Tim's commentary revealed my connection to Bava's work. Being both a cinematographer and director, something I have shared with Mario (though on a minor scale), created an instant bond to his work. Since then, I have managed to track down a majority of his films and eagerly awaited the release Mr. Lucas's biography. I can only say that it is not just the best biography of a genre director, it may also be the finest chronicle of a filmmaker to have ever been published.
"A year later, my son Jameson was born on Christmas Day, knocking ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK to Number Two on my list of best Christmas presents ever. With the biography being slightly heavier than my son, it makes for awkward bedtime reading.
"I just wanted to thank Tim for all the years of perseverance it took to assemble ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK and to thank you both for making 2008 a year to remember."
Tim replies: Thank you for the heartwarming photo and your kind and generous words, Jason. Certainly, we are still interested in receiving pictures of proud and satisfied fans with their Bava books. I didn't do any promotional traveling for the book -- it's hard enough to travel with the book! -- and this way, we can get some idea of personal impact it's had.