Knives of the Avenger

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With Knives of the Avenger Mario Bava stepped outside of the horror genre and into the popular but short-lived Viking film. Bava crafted a barbaric revenge picture flavored with the inky darkness and splashes of color that have become the maestro’s stylistic trademark. read more

With Knives of the Avenger Mario Bava stepped outside of the horror genre and into the popular but short-lived Viking film. Bava crafted a barbaric revenge picture flavored with the inky darkness and splashes of color that have become the maestro’s stylistic trademark. Just as Sergio Leone used Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo as the template for his A Fistful of Dollars, Bava took inspiration from George Stevens’s Shane in fashioning this story of Helmut, a wandering soldier (Cameron Mitchell) who finds shelter in the home of a woman and child (Elissa Pichelli, Luciano Pollentin). When an assassin (Fausto Tozzi) is sent to kill the innocents, Helmut becomes their defender, fulfilling the prophecy foretold by a witch-like psychic.

Original Release

05/30/1966

Cast

Cameron Mitchell Rurik / Helmut / Ator
Fausto Tozzi Hagen
Giacomo Rossi Stuart King Arald
Amedeo Trilli Viking King
Renato Terra Hagen's Henchman
Sergio Cortona Hagen's Henchman
Luciano Pollentin Moki
Elissa Pichelli Karin
Bruno Ariè Hut Intruder
Osiride Pevarello Hagen's Henchman
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mario Bava, Leopoldo Savona

Writers

Mario Bava, Alberto Liberati, Giorgio Simonelli, Gene Luotto, Giovanni Simonelli

Cast

Cameron Mitchell Rurik / Helmut / Ator
Fausto Tozzi Hagen
Giacomo Rossi Stuart King Arald
Amedeo Trilli Viking King
Renato Terra Hagen's Henchman
Sergio Cortona Hagen's Henchman
Luciano Pollentin Moki
Elissa Pichelli Karin
Bruno Ariè Hut Intruder
Osiride Pevarello Hagen's Henchman
Goffredo Unger Hagen's Henchman

Producers

Saro Patanè Executive Producer
Pasquale Tagliaferri Producer

Editors

Otello Colangeli

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