Devil's Commandment/Lust of the Vampire/Les Vampires/Der Vampir
von Notre Dame)
Riccardo Freda; Prod: Titanus/Athena Cinematografica; S: Pedro
Regnoli; Ph/SFX: Mario Bava; Music: Roman Vlad; Cast: Gianna
Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida,
Paul Muller, Riccardo Freda.
The first Italian horror film, and one of the most important
films of the modern horror era. Shot in Cinemascope, this
luxuriant black and white film highlighted the photography
and special effects of Mario Bava, who finished directing
the film when Freda walked off the set. Cuts were made to
the film in its United States release, DEVIL'S COMMANDMENT.
The star of the film, Gianna Maria Canale, was married to
director Freda. The film's lack of success in Italy compelled
Freda to assume pseudonyms in the future (Robert Hampton).