A Blade in the Dark
Directed by Lamberto Bava
In Lamberto Bava’s second contribution to the giallo genre, a psychopath stalks a composer who’s writing the score for a horror film. After the film’s director sets Bruno up in a stylish house, he begins working on the Goblin-esque score, not realizing that a real maniac is slicing up women all over the property. Bruno soon learns the film holds the key to catching the killer, and that he and his girlfriend are in grave danger. Bava follows the footsteps of his famous father, serving up a stylish slasher filled with memorable murders and a Hitchcockian finale.
A psychopath stalks a composer who’s writing the score for a horror film.
Cast: Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo
Not bad but felt like it dragged. Got bored but stayed to see the ending.
The film is obviously heavily influenced by the movie PSYCHO with a new wave twist. The film has a good premise. Though could have been worked out a bit better. As it feels like it strives to be artsy yet comes off like a typical slasher in the right hands of a more skilled director. This could have been something worthwhile and noteworthy. Also the Film seems real into showcasing slitting throats to finish off the female victims The film does have a good fake-out inventive opening. Which continues throughout the film with plenty of fake scares and mystery suspects and wondering exactly what is going on. It has plenty of set up’s but fails to excite. The protagonist stays very calm despite his suspicions. The film could have been played up his paranoia stronger to have it be contagious for the audience. The film has so many pauses and dead moments in between the action. And when the action does happen it feels more schlocky than anything. The killer’s voice is so creepy and unnerving messes with your thoughts and fears to be much worse than the actual eventual reality For a movie about a horror movie composer. The main score of this movie is monotonous.
Very suspenseful film. You keep wondering “who’s the murderer”, and a nice number of twists along the way. Not the best, not the worst, but entertaining.
Watchable film but derivative. Uses problematic tropes to poor effect. I would skip it .
this is fucking beautiful.