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Blood and Black Lace (1964)

6 donne per l'assassino (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 7 April 1965 (USA)
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A masked, shadowy killer brutally murders the models of a scandalous fashion house in Rome.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Marcello Fondato (story and screenplay), Giuseppe Barilla (collaboration) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Massimo Morlacchi / Max Morlan
Eva Bartok ... Contessa Cristiana Cuomo / Countess Christina Como
Thomas Reiner Thomas Reiner ... Ispettore Silvestri / Inspector Sylvester
Arianna Gorini ... Nicole
Dante DiPaolo Dante DiPaolo ... Franco Scalo / Frank Scalo (as Dante Di Paolo)
Mary Arden ... Peggy Peyton
Franco Ressel ... Marchese Riccardo Morelli / Marquis Richard Morell
Claude Dantes ... Tao-Li / Tilde
Luciano Pigozzi ... Cesare Lazzarini / Caesar Lazar
Lea Lander ... Greta (as Lea Krugher)
Massimo Righi ... Marco
Francesca Ungaro Francesca Ungaro ... Isabella
Giuliano Raffaelli ... Zanchin
Harriet Medin ... Clarissa / Clarice (as Hariette White Medin)
Mary Carmen Mary Carmen ... Model (as Mara Carmosino)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Have You Heard of the Latest Trend in Fashion? It's Called MURDER! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | Monaco | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood and Black Lace See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (Technicolor: US prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The English translations of the German titles for the film are 'Bloody Silk' and 'The Masked Strangler' See more »

Goofs

In one English-dubbed print, the handwritten message of the killer is in German. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Sylvester: Perhaps the sight of beauty makes him lose control of himself, so he kills.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Landmark giallo film and a Bava highlight.
7 March 2008 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

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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