Plot: A young woman has died under strange circumstances, but the locals are certain it is because of a curse on the Villa Graps. The village lives in fear of a ghostly girl who haunts the area and they believe even speaking her name can evoke her vengeance, so superstition runs rampant. Dr. Eswai (Giacomo Rossi Stuart) arrives in town to examine the deceased girl and when he discovers the supernatural fears that plague the town, he is shocked. He observes the locals use all kinds of offbeat remedies and protections, often administered by a sorceress, Ruth (Fabienne Dali). He then visits the local baroness, who spins the tale of how her daughter Melissa died thanks in large part to negligence from drunk villagers, and how she now haunts the town. As Eswai tries to talk sense to those around him, he is greeted by great distrust and soon, even he himself begins to think perhaps the local legends are real.
Entertainment Value: A kind of folk horror fairy tale, Kill Baby Kill is a stylish journey into supernatural, psychological fear. Our good doctor finds himself a logical person in a superstitious realm, as he seems to be the only one who doesn’t believe the local legends, even as he is drawn into them himself. This creates some surreal, wild moments as he begins to realize how out of the ordinary this village is, as well as how deeply he is being pulled in. Mario Bava’s signature direction is front and center here, giving us haunting visuals and some remarkable compositions. The spiral staircase, the landscape artwork, and the ghostly presence pressed against the windows are just a few of the iconic visual sequences in Kill Baby Kill. The visuals also ensure that the atmosphere remains tense and dreadful, which in turns ratchets up the horror elements and keeps us on edge as things unfold. The performances are fine, though a little dramatic and not all that memorable besides the ghostly presence. This is just well crafted, masterful horror that provides great mood and visuals, not to mention ample creepiness. So if you’re a fan of atmospheric horror or just can’t get enough of that Mario Bava cinema, Kill Baby Kill is highly recommended.
A couple scenes that tease some naked flesh, but no nakedness. The scene where Monica wakes up with no panties on seems like a certainty for some intimate skin, but the camera just teases us once again. A little blood here and there, but this is not about gore or vivid violence, so there’s not much. I do love the red stuff, but given the tone and style of this one, the lack of blood is not an issue in the least. So enough to scrape up a single point, but that’s about all there is. The dialogue is fine, if a little overly dramatic at times and doesn’t have a ton of quotable lines. As I said before, the performances also fall within that dramatic range and combined with the dramatic dialogue, that does give us a few exchanges that stand out. But overall, this one will drown you in visuals and you won’t remember much of the dialogue. While not balls deep, over the top crazy, the movie does have surreal moments and mind bending scenes, so it earns some points in this department. Eswai is taken on quite a psychological trip in this one and it yields some wild sequences, to be sure.
Overall Insanity: 5/10