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Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Sei donne per l'assassino (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 7 April 1965 (USA)
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Airs Sat. Oct. 29, 8:00 PM on TCM

A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Reiner ...
Ariana Gorini ...
Nicole (as Arianna Gorini)
Dante DiPaolo ...
Franco Ressel ...
Claude Dantes ...
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Greta (as Lea Krugher)
Massimo Righi ...
Francesca Ungaro ...
Giuliano Raffaelli ...
Harriet Medin ...
Clarice (as Harriet White Medin)
Mary Carmen ...
Model (as Mara Carmosino)


Isabella, a young model is murdered by a mysterious masked figure at a boarding house run by Max Morlacchi and his lover Countess Cristiana Como. When Isabella's boyfriend is suspected of the killing, her diary, which apparently has some incriminating evidence linking her to the killer, dissapears, 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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A fashion house of glamorous models becomes a terror house of blood! See more »


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7 April 1965 (USA)  »

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A landmark film in Italian cinema, as Sei donne per l'assassino was the film that began the 'giallo' genre. The giallo genre remains Italy's longest running cinematic movement. See more »


Inspector Silvester: Perhaps the sight of beauty makes him lose control of himself, so he kills.
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Landmark giallo film and a Bava highlight.
7 March 2008 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See 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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