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‘Dogs’ to bark at Bava series

Cinematheque to hold Italo horror helmer retrospective

“Rabid Dogs,” the last, unfinished film of pioneering Italian horror director Mario Bava, will open a retrospective of the helmer’s work running May 31-June 12 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Pic has been restored by the original producer, Alfredo Leone, and Bava’s son, Lamberto. In conjunction with Kismet Entertainment Group, Leone and Lamberto Bava shot new footage and rescored the film under a new title, “Kidnapped.”

Retrospective features 15 Bava films, including “Black Sabbath,” “Lisa and the Devil” and “Blood and Black Lace,” all screened from restored 35mm prints.

Kismet and Intl. Media Films recently acquired remake rights to 13 Bava pics, including “Baron Blood,” now in pre-production at a budget of $10 million.

Kismet, producers of “Dog Soldiers,” a werewolf pic that recently bowed in the U.K. to the largest theatrical opening for a British horror film, is in development on several other titles in the Bava library.

German, Scandinavian, Mexican and various Latin American distribs bought rights to “Dog Soldiers” at Cannes, joining France’s M6 and Spain’s Tot Media.