The Devil’s Commandment (1956)

Article #346 by Dave Sindelar
Posting date: 7-13-2002
Viewing date: 2-24-2002

A series of vampire-like murders are being committed in Paris. A reporter tries to unravel the cause of them.

I believe this was the horror movie that initiated the rise of Italian horror. Riccardo Freda is credited as the director, but Mario Bava was the cinematographer, and I know on my tape box he is credited as the director, but I myself really couldn’t say what the truth in this matter is. What I can say is that it looks beautiful, and that I feel lucky to have a subtitled Italian language copy (called I VAMPIRI), rather than the dubbed and edited English language one. There really aren’t any vampires in this movie (despite the title), but I don’t want to give away what it is, though I will go so far as to say that it is a familiar enough horror situation. It gets a little far-fetched at times, particularly when a man is accidentally brought to life, but it tells its story in an interesting way, and is quite enjoyable.

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