Blood and Black Lace
Directed by Mario Bava
When young model, Isabella, is murdered by a masked killer, the employees of a chic Italian fashion house find themselves the next targets of the mysterious assailant. A missing diary, a torrid affair, deception and backstabbing are all potential motives for the fashion house slayings. This seminal thriller by legendary Italian filmmaker, Mario Bava, became the blueprint for giallo cinema with its visually arresting colour scheme, set piece murders and convoluted plot. A great influence on fellow Italian director, Dario Argento, BLOOD AND BLACK LACE went on to shape Italian horror, as well as the slasher film of the 1980s. Contains violence and gore.
A masked killer terrorizes a chic fashion house in Mario Bava's seminal giallo.
Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Ariana Gorini
My Blood and Black Lace review: Six minutes in: blood Eight minutes in: black lace 10/10
(CONTINUED) The mystery itself plays like a great whodunit, going at a steady pace and plays to a climax that threatens to run a bit long but restrains itself at the right time. If you love Italian horror movies (especially giallo), this is a must on your watchlist. And the audio is Italian with English subs so you're getting the real deal here! (Side-note: Shudder, you should allow your users to edit their reviews in case it accidentally posts before it's really finished. Sorry for the double post!)
The birth of the giallo as we horror fans know it and Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace rightfully deserves its reputation
Loved the style, mood and costumes, and now I see why it’s so important.
Sleek, stylish, beautiful. One of the essentials in the genre.