One of the more prominent works of Italy's premier horror stylist Mario Bava, this occult murder mystery interweaves elements of the traditional giallo thriller formula with an unusual Gothic ghost story. The tale is set in a modern-day Carpathian village rocked by a series of bizarre murders, in which the female victims are found with gold coins imbedded in their hearts. The coins are revealed to be talismans placed on the victims by the local sorceress (Fabienne Dali), meant to ward off the supernatural powers of the aged Baroness Graps (Giana Vivaldi). The baroness has been acting as an earthly liaison for the vengeful ghost of her murdered daughter, who wants to claim the villagers' souls -- with Erica Blanc next on the list. In order to free the village from the evil curse, Dali must find the sequestered baroness and destroy her. The film was released in the U.S. in two dubbed and re-edited versions, Kill, Baby, Kill! and Curse of the Living Dead (packaged as part of an "Orgy of the Living Dead" triple feature). ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Kill, Baby, Kill maybe the most atmospheric horror movie I've ever seen. It is abound with swirling fog, colored lighting and cobwebby spiral staircases. The plot centers around a town plagued by a series of bizzare apparent "suicides." But the new doctor in town realizes that the murders are being commited by the ghost of a small blonde girl who died in this town and is now driving others to their untimely deaths too. The acting is beside the point, nobody goes to a Mario Bava film for the acting. The best of the movie is the beginning where the girl makes her presence known by staring into windows or giggling. The murders are not shown but the idea of them are violent. In any case, a solid entry in Bava's collection.