Schock (1977)

93m (USA), 95m
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono, Italian

An Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava.

Plot Summary

A couple is haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who seems to have possessed their young son.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Mario Bava
© copyright by Laser Film S.r.l. Rome MCMLXXVII [1977]
A Laser Film production
Produced by: Turi Vasile
Associate Producer: Ugo Valenti
Production Manager: Giuseppe Mangogna
Story and Screenplay by: Lamberto Bava, Francesco Barbieri, Paolo Brigenti, Dardano Sacchetti
Assistant to the Director: Lamberto Bava
Script Girl: Rosanna Rocchi
Directors of Photography: Alberto Spagnoli; Mario Bava *
Cameraman: Giuseppe Maccari
Second Cameraman: Giuseppe Alberti
Gaffer: Sante Federici
Head Grip: Sergio Serantoni
Still Cameraman: Giuliana De Rossi
Film Editor: Roberto Sterbini
Assistant Film Editors: Sandro Broglio, Mario Recupito
Negative Development: Technospes
Music Composed and Conducted by: I Libra (V. Cappa, Alessandro Centofanti, Maurizio Guarini, Carlo Pennisi, Walter Martino)
Publisher: Bixio-Cemsa
Sound Man: Pietro Spadoni
Sound Recording and Synchronization: C.D.S.
Westrex Sound System
Wardrobe by: Massimo Lentini
Wardrobe: Franca Lulli
Make Up Artist: Maria Luisa Tilli
Set Designer: Francesco Vanorio
Assistant Art Director: Nicola Salerno
Locations: Enrico Maria Salerno Villa, Rome, Lazio, Italy; San Francisco, California, USA; Tor Caldara, Lazio, Italy
Film Studios: Vides S.p.A.
Unit Manager: Nando Nibbi

Daria Nicolodi (Dora Baldini)
John Steiner (Bruno Baldini)
David Colin Jr (Marco)
Ivan Rassimov (Dr Aldo Spidini)

Alternative Titles

Al 33 di Via Orologio fa sempre freddo – working title
Beyond the Door II – USA
Schock (Transfert-Suspence-Hypnos)
– UK

Extracts included in
A Head for Horror: Lamberto Bava on Macabre (2001)

See also
Chi sei? (1974)
Beyond the Door III (1989)



  • Bianco e Nero vol.38 no.5/6 (September/December 1977) p.247 – credits
  • Cinefantastique vol.8 no.4 (Summer 1979) p.20 – review
  • Continental Film Review vol.27 no.7 (May 1980) pp.20-21 – article
  • L'Écran Fantastique no.3 (1978) p.14 (France) – note
  • Fangoria no.195 (August 2000) p.52 – illustrated DVD review (DVD dungeon by Matthew Gingold)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.10 no.5 (September/October 2005) pp.22-27 – soundtrack review (Meet the proglodytes: A Goblin buyer's guide by Mark Richard Hasan)
  • Films and Filming vol.26 no.7 (April 1980) p.34 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.47 no.556 (May 1980) p.95 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.240 (10 May 1980) p.36 – review
  • Screen International no.249 (12-19 July 1980) p.20 – note (UK provincial box office: Classic revival by Chris Brown)
  • Showbiz no.9 (16 May 1980) pp.5 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.324-325
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.352, 356, 394, 403
  • The Haunted World of Mario Bava by Troy Howarth pp.288-297; 345 – illustrated review; credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.31
  • Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark by Tim Lucas pp.975-996 – illustrated review, synopsis, production notes, credits

Other sources

  • British National Film Catalogue vol.18 (1980) p.81 – credits