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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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Italian thriller about a shadowy killer in black murdering fashion models through brutal methods.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Bartok ...
Thomas Reiner ...
Ariana Gorini ...
Nicole (as Arianna Gorini)
Dante DiPaolo ...
Mary Arden ...
Franco Ressel ...
Claude Dantes ...
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Lea Lander ...
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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The German titles for the film were 'Bloody Silk' and 'The Masked Strangler' See more »


Inspector Silvester: Perhaps the sight of beauty makes him lose control of himself, so he kills.
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BLOOD AND BLACK LACE gets an atmospheric and compelling direction from genre master Mario Bava
23 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

The flick deals with a respected house of style (managed by Eva Bartok and Cameron Mitchell) where happens several bloody murders and gruesome executions . A diary seems to implicate about anybody fashion models are dieing . Then the diary disappearing originates a real massacre of the remaining fashion girls . An inspector (Thomas Reiner) investigates the strange killings with numerous suspects (the usual baddies Franco Ressel and Luciano Pigozzi or Alan Colins , Massimo Righi , among others).

Bava's second great success (the first was ¨Black Sunday¨ or ¨Mask of Demon¨)is compellingly directed with startling visual content . This frightening movie is plenty of thrills, chills, high body-count and glimmer color in lurid pastel with phenomenal results . This is a classic slasher where the intrigue, tension, suspense appear threatening and lurking in every room, corridors and luxurious interior and exterior . This genuinely mysterious story is well photographed by Ubaldo Terzano and Mario Bava with magenta shades of ochre , translucently pale turquoises and deep orange-red .

The movie belongs to Italian Giallo genre , Bava (¨Planet of vampires¨, ¨House of exorcism¨) along with Riccardo Freda (¨Secret of Dr. Hitchcock¨ , ¨Il Vampiri¨) are the fundamental creators . In fact , both of whom collaborated deeply among them , as Bava finished two Fedra's films ¨Il Vampiri¨ and ¨Caltiki¨ . These Giallo movies are characterized by overblown use of color in shining red blood , usual zooms and utilization of images-shock . Later on , there appears Dario Argento (¨Deep red¨, ¨Suspiria¨,¨Inferno¨), another essential filmmaker of classic Latino terror films . Rating : Good, this is one more imaginative slasher pictures in which the camera stalks in sinister style throughout a story with magnificent visual skills.

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