Cinematic legacies are funny things. Some films aim for one, and the effort pays off in dividends. Others aim for one, and only end up as a minor footnote on a Wikipedia entry. Some films however, gain one simply by being made in the right place at the right time.
Mario Bava's A Bay Of Blood was initally reviled by critics for its excessive gore, questionable acting, and nonsensical plotting. These are perfectly valid criticisms, but no-one could have predicted…
When I first saw this in the cinema, I was very disappointed. Whilst I loved the visual and aural inventiveness on display, I found the whole thing incredibly empty, devoid of heart. I couldn't understand what everyone was raving about.
But I was wrong.
The visuals and sound still wow (especially on blu-ray, where everything POPS,) but the thing that became apparent to me on each subsequent rewatch is that if there's one thing the film is full of, it's…