Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Movie Challenge: Black Sabbath (1963)

I got the idea to re-watch this one from of the images used in the Krell Labs  banners.  But it has also been years since I have seen it and I have been wanting to watch it again.

Black Sabbath is one of the landmark films of the horror genre. Also known as "I tre volti della paura" or the "Three Faces of Fear". It is a collection of three short stories with introductions by Boris Karloff.  It was Boris Karloff that really scared me the most watching this a kid.  In fact I think this is the movie that my dad showed me to introduce me to Boris Karloff.
It also set the stage for other horror vignettes like Creepshow  nearly 20 years later.

 To this day in fact that old woman in "The Drop of Water" still kinda freaks out.  I also like the idea of treasure, in this case a ring, passing on a curse of fear to anyone that steals it.  That will add some nasty excitement to your character's lives!

"The Telephone" is also the one I remember the least.  Though you can see the origins of many other movies, including Scream here.  Everyday objects can sometimes be the most terrifying.

"The Wurdalak" is one of the ones I remember the best.   The sets for this one remind of the ones used in the Vampire Lovers, but not likely to be the same.

Wurdalak
For Ghosts of Albion
Motivation: Feed and dominate the ones they once loved
Creature Type: Vampire
Attributes: Str 9, Dex 9, Con 8, Int 5, Per 5, Will 8
Ability Scores: Muscle 24, Combat 23, Brains 21
Life Points: 149
Drama Points: 2-4
Special Abilities: Age 6, Hard to Kill 8 (2 levels part of Vampire Quality), Increased Life Points 5,  Mesmerism, Restricted Diet (blood of loved ones), Unattractiveness -1, Unique Kill (family heirloom dagger), Vampire

Combat
Name Score Damage Notes
Bite 25 34 Must grapple first; no defense action
Grapple 25 Resisted by dodge
Punch 23 24 Bash
Sword 23 42 Slash
Deflect 24 Magic defense action; deflects spells 45º

The Wurdalak can cast shadows and reflect in mirrors.  They are not active at sundown like other types of vampires, but wait till 10:00pm exactly.  To kill the wurdalak one must use a dagger that has been in the monster's family for at least three generations.


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Tally so far:  16 Total Watched / 11 New

What do you find scary?
October Horror Movie Challenge hosted by Krell Laboratories.


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