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Vintage Bava in which Karloff introduces three adaptations from famous tales of the supernatural (and also stars in the last):  The Drop of Water by Chekhov, The Telephone by Howard Snyder, and The Wurdalak by Tolstoy.  Pictorially it's amazing, and even the script and dubbing are way above average.  If only Amicus, who subsequently cornered the horror omnibus market, had taken heed they might have got some ideas as to what can be done with the format.

Director: Mario Bava

Screenwriter: Marcello Fondato, Alberto Bevikiqua, Maris Buva

Cast: Jacqueline Pierreux
Michèle Mercier
Lidia Alfonsi
Boris Karloff
Mark Damon

You have no reason to be afraid.

Masterful and utterly beautiful trilogy of horror tales from Master Bava is supported by strong photography, lush visuals and haunting themes. 

Boris Karloff introduces the stories, the first of which tells of a poor girl harassed by menacing phone calls, presumably by her ex boyfriend recently released from prison. Or is it really her girlfriend with thoughts of amore on her mind? See for yourself. 

The second story details the story of a family besieged by backwoods wunderlak vampires. When the family father (played by Karloff) goes out vampire hunting and returns behaving strangely, well, the family just ain't the same. 

The final story tells the tale of a nurse who prepares the body of a recently deceased woman who was involved with the occult and seances. When she removes an attractive ring from the corpse's finger, the dead comes a callin'. 

Excellent overall.