Tonight, I've gone for another influential giallo I've not seen before, also Mario Bava, and that is A Bay of Blood.
I've wanted to see this for awhile, because I know that it was very influential on the US slasher boom that began in the late 70s. So it was very interesting to watch from that angle. Also the copy I watched again seemed restored, so it was nice to look at. I don't think it's as strong a film as Blood and Black Lace, more B movie-ish, but still enjoyable to see.
Funnily enough, the part that I think most influences American horror was the part I found least interesting. I mean, horny teens being stupid are always annoying characters, so I was just waiting for them to die off. They behaved so weirdly too, especially that German girl, what was up with her? Dancing to the music in her own head, haha.
I found the rest of the story more interesting to watch, though it would've dragged I'm sure without the deaths of those four put in. I thought it was interesting how pretty much every character was a killer. The woman who played the mystic looked familiar to me, but I can't put my finger on it.
My favourite part was the final scene, that was smashing! A great little twist, that also seemed very much like the director joking with the audience. I've not seen it, but I believe one of his earlier films finishes with the camera pulling out to show that it's all "just a movie" with people working around the actor... this ending in A Bay of Blood felt like a similar sort of joke to me. I loved it.
It's been fun having a bit of a giallo weekend, and finally getting around to some classics I've meant to have watched (and especially the fact I have enjoyed them).
Next up I will attempt Non si sevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling), but the only copy I've found so far is all in Italian with no subtitles. I do speak Italian fairly well, but when I tried with this movie I found I was only getting about 60-65% of it, and I really don't want to miss stuff.