Review: Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Old-school Giallo-time with the maestro Mario Bava is never ever wrong!

dvdcover“BLOOD AND BLACK LACE”
1964
Giallo
Italy

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner
Distributor: VCI
Runtime: 90 mins
DVD REGION ALL

“Look at how the murderer tortured her. He must have used a red hot poker. He must have been a madman.”

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An unscrupulous business operating under the guise of a top fashion house with exotic models running sexual favors, cocaine dealings and blackmail, becomes a murder scene, after someone is pushed to the edge. The saga begins when a beautiful model is brutally murdered, and her boyfriend, a known addict supplying her drugs, is suspected of the crime…but is he guilty or is someone waiting in the shadows setting him up?

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Great movie! A superb thriller, as if you mix the styles of Hitchcock with Argento. A well made story that keep you curious all the way through. The violence is pretty rough for the time being and makes this a pretty unsettling tale. Bava uses lightning and colours to drive the story and suspense till the end. The casting is very nice. Little to criticise. This is one of the best Giallos ever made!

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VCI has made a nerd-feast of this release. Double DVD with lots of interviews, trailers, music, and more. Also a great commentary track by the  Bava-biographer Tim Lucas. Still I would like to see it in HD.

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