A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.
Isabella, a young model is murdered by a mysterious masked figure at a boarding house run by Max Morlan and his lover Countess Christina Como. When Isabella's boyfriend is suspected of the killing, her diary, which apparently has some incriminating evidence linking her to the killer, disappears, the masked killer begins killing off all the models in and around the house to find the diary.Written by
The original European version opened with a title sequence in which the camera focuses on each cast member as their name appears on the screen. The US distributors, Lawrence Woolner and Bernard Woolner, hired Filmation Studios to create a new title sequence featuring a montage of mannequins and skulls. The original title sequence has been restored on VCI Home Video's DVD release. The original US release removed a shot of the bathwater turning blood red in Claude Dantes' death scene. This shot was seen in the montage of scenes used in Matador, and has been restored on VCI Home Video's DVD release. See more »
Influential killer thriller from Italian horror master Mario Bava is a stylish genre landmark.
A faceless murderer is killing models associated with a fashion house. Who is the killer and what is their deadly vendetta?
Blood and Black Lace is one of the solid forerunners of the Italian giallo genre. It has all the classic elements of a classic giallo - a gloved killer, beautiful victims, a mystery plot, scandals etc. All of which is wrapped around Bava's lovely, colorful direction. The plot itself turns on a well written mystery that builds some good suspense and is dashed with an array of intense murder scenes. The jazzy, atmospheric music score is also a nice touch and the performances of the cast aren't bad.
Over all, an entertaining early giallo and one of Bava's best contributions to Italian horror. A must see for giallo fans.
*** out of ****
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