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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Jun 1, 2021

The film Black Sunday (1960) is about a witch/vampire hellbent on revenge returns from the grave in 1830s Moldavia. She’s beautiful and deadly--and she has a doppelganger conveniently close to her old stomping grounds. The witch and her victim are both played by the arrestingly beautiful Barbara Steele, and this is the film that launched her career as a horror icon. It’s also the film that cemented Italian director Mario Bava as one to watch.

Barbara Steele biography on TCM can be found here.  

Recommended in this episode: Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s and Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer

Next Episode: “Unseen--Unfeared” by Francis Stevens

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