Knives of the Avenger

The Knives of the Avenger
Directed byMario Bava
Screenplay by
Edited byOtello Clangeli[1]
Music byMarcello Giombini[1]
Color processTechnicolor
Sider Film[1]
Release date
  • 30 May 1966 (1966-05-30) (Italy)
Running time
85 minutes[1]

Knives of the Avenger (Italian: I coltelli del vendicatore) is 1966 Italian film directed by Mario Bava. Bava entered production when it was already falling apart and re-wrote and shot the film in six days. It was credited to fictitious director John Hold.


Knives of the Avenger was a troubled production originally directed by Leopoldo Savona. Mario Bava entered into the production to complete it, rewriting and reshooting the film and finishing the production in six days.[2] Film historian Tim Lucas described Knives of the Avenger as a remake of the film Shane in a Viking setting.[3]

The film was shot at Titanus Studios in Rome.[2]


The Knives of the Avenger was released theatrically in Italy on 30 May 1966. It received a theatrical release in the United States in January 1968.[1] Knives of the Avenger was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on 26 June 2001.[4]


"Byro." of Variety declared the film "a real surprise: a beautifully designed and exciting Viking tale from pseudonymous Mario Bava. Only subject and cast make this a programmer - but it's a top one."[5]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 104.
  2. ^ a b Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 105.
  3. ^ Lucas, Tim. Commentary by Tim Lucas (Blu ray (Disc 1)). Arrow Films. Event occurs at 0:5:11. FCD1573.
  4. ^ "Knives of the Avenger". AllMovie. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ Variety's Film Reviews 1964-1967. Vol. 11. R. R. Bowker. 1983. There are no page numbers in this book. This entry is found under the header "December 20, 1967". ISBN 0-8352-2790-1.


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 978-1476662916.

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