Beth Gibbons, from the band Portishead, has teamed up with UK heavy metal merchants Gonga to record a track titled 'Black Sabbeth'. (See what they did there?)
It's a cover version of Black Sabbath's classic rocker. Horror fans will already know that Ozzy Osbourne's legendary group took their moniker from the AIP English-language release of Mario Bava's I tre volti della paura (The Three Faces of Fear), which was titled, yes, you guessed it, Black Sabbath. The 1963 anthology flick took inspiration from the literary works of Alexis Tolstoi, Guy De Maupassant and Chekov and featured Boris Karloff in one of his best roles - Gorka, the grumpy old patriach turned nosferatu!
Pitchfork website recently highlighted the music video on their website and I HAD to share it on Horror Flickers. Firstly, Portishead and Beth Gibbons are AMAZING and secondly, MARIO BAVA! I completed a monograph earlier this year on Bava's La maschera del demonio (AIP title: Black Sunday), which will be published later in 2014.
In the meantime, have a watch/listen to this sterling and atmospheric cover by Gonga and Beth Gibbons.