Today marks the birthday of legendary Italian director Mario Bava, who is undoubtedly best known for his major achievements in the “giallo” horror genre (although he created works ranging from spaghetti westerns to science fiction films as well). This short documentary, taken from the Eurotika series on Channel 4, is a lovingly crafted—albeit brief—history of the Italian horror film. It mainly covers the three arguably main giallo figures: Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Bava—and details the development of the genre (Bava’s 1960 feature Black Sunday is commonly cited as the film that started it all). Giallos were markedly different from other horror movies being made in the 1960s, most notably in their flamboyancy and surreal, dream-logic narratives. Bava crafted these operatic horrors all the way up until his death in 1980, leaving behind a stunningly beautiful body of work. Clips from his films (along with other key works of the era) are shown in the documentary, offering a small glimpse into his aberrant and visionary classics.