Kill, Baby, Kill
|Kill, Baby, Kill|
Film poster under original Italian title
|Directed by||Mario Bava|
|Produced by||Luciano Catenacci
|Written by||Mario Bava
|Music by||Carlo Rustichelli|
|Edited by||Romana Fortini|
|Release date(s)||8 July 1966 (Italy)
8 October 1968 (United States)
|Running time||85 min.|
|Box office||ITL 201,000,000|
Kill, Baby, Kill (Italian: Operazione paura) is a 1966 Italian horror film by director Mario Bava. It is known under many titles including Curse of the Dead, Curse of the Living Dead, Don't Walk in the Park, Kill, Baby... Kill! and Operation Fear.
In a turn-of-the-century Carpathian village a series of murders are occurring in which the victims are found with silver coins embedded in their hearts. The coins are revealed to be talismans placed on the victims by the town witch (Fabienne Dali), meant to ward off the supernatural powers of the aged Baroness Graps (Giana Vivaldi). The baroness has been performing these duties for the ghost of her murdered daughter, who wants to claim the villagers' souls. In order to free the village from the curse, Dali must find the sequestered baroness and destroy her.
Slant Magazine called it "arguably Bava's greatest achievement", giving it four stars out of a possible four. Allmovie called the film "an eerie and atmospheric effort that reflects many of the elements that have made the popular Italian director's films so compelling: excellent cinematography and strong performances from the talented cast." In the early 2010s, Time Out conducted a poll with several authors, directors, actors and critics who have worked within the horror genre to vote for their top horror films. Kill, Baby, Kill placed at number 56 on their top 100 list.
- Ed Gonzalez (15 June 2003). "Kill, Baby...Kill!". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- Patrick Legare. "Kill, Baby, Kill (1966)". Allmovie. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "The 100 best horror films". Time Out. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
- NF. "The 100 best horror films: the list". Time Out. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
- Kill, Baby, Kill at AllMovie
- Kill, Baby, Kill at the Internet Movie Database
- Kill, Baby, Kill at Rotten Tomatoes
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