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Blood and Lace (1971)

GP  -  Horror  -  29 January 1973 (Sweden)
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After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage run by Mrs. Deere and her handyman. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Mrs. Deere
Melody Patterson ...
Ellie Masters
Milton Selzer ...
Mr. Mullins
Tom Kredge
Calvin Carruthers
Terri Messina ...
Ronald Taft ...
Peter Armstrong ...
Maggie Corey ...
Mary Strawberry ...
Louise Sherrill ...
Edna Masters
Joe Durkin ...
Unidentified Man


After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage run by Mrs. Deere and her handyman. Taking an avid interest in her welfare is detective Calvin Carruthers. Taking almost no interest at all, is social worker Harold Mullins who is completely under Mrs. Deere's thumb. Lots of unpleasant surprises are in store for Ellie, not the least of which is the fact that Mrs. Deere and her handyman are both brutal sadists, who run the orphanage like a concentration camp and the strong possibility that her mother's hammer-wielding killer is now stalking her. Written by phillindholm

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SHOCK after SHOCK after SHOCK as DESIRE drives a bargain with MURDER!




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29 January 1973 (Sweden)  »

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Melody Patterson's dialog in the opening scene was dubbed over by famed voice actress June Foray. After the first scene, the dialog is spoken by Patterson. See more »


In opening scene, close-up of hammer used in bludgeoning murders already has splotches of blood between claws before it is even used on victims. See more »


Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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Creepy and Weird
8 August 1999 | by (Hicksville, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a weird and rather gruesome horror film from the early 1970's. Melody Patterson's mother, a prostitute, is murdered in bed with one of her customers. Melody is sent to live at an orphanage run by the great Gloria Grahame where something very strange is going on. She has to contend with the possibility that the murderer is coming after her and the fact that the people running the orphanage are covering up mistreatment of their charges as well as other, worse things.

The scare scenes in the film are effective, especially the opening scene of the hammer murder of the mother. The film is helped along by the presence of a number of familiar faces, including, in addition to Melody Patterson and Gloria Grahame, Vic Tayback as a policeman, Len Lesser as the orphanage's handyman (he's very handy), and Milton Selzer as the orphanage inspector. The film also has a sense of humor about itself and you will find a couple of (intended) chuckles.

The film is topped by a weird "twist" ending that you will never see coming. In all, this is a very entertaining 70's horror flick and shouldn't be missed if you get the chance to see it.

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