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A Blade in the Dark (1983)
"La casa con la scala nel buio" (original title)

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A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.


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Complete credited cast:
Anny Papa ...
Michele Soavi ...
Tony Rendina
Valeria Cavalli ...
Stanko Molnar ...
Julia (as Lara Naszinski)


A composer, working in isolation on a score for a horror movie meets two women who used to know his house's former tenant. When the women disappear, he's forced to look into the film he's working on to determine what happened to them, and who's responsible. Written by Brian J. Wright <>

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When the lights go out, the knife goes in.


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Release Date:

6 August 1983 (Italy)  »

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A Blade in the Dark  »

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1.85 : 1
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There were no sets built for the film. It was all shot on location at one large Italian villa. In fact the movie itself was written to be shot around that particular location. See more »


Near the beginning of the movie the blade is seen cutting an adult magazine across the woman's right breast (from our point of view). Shortly afterwards when the composer examines the mysterious cuts in the magazine the slice marks appear across the left breast (from our point of view). See more »


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Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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This Giallo film from director Lamberto Bava is first-rate
13 December 2003 | by (Bay City, Michigan) – See all my reviews

This film is why I worship and adore Italian Giallo films. For one, it has beautiful women in the cast. It is shot with a love for the film art, and is filled with evil and graphic violence that caused it to be censored in many countries. The violence is never ending, with fountains and fountains of the red stuff. The knife attacks are brutal, pull no punches-style of showing the knife entering the flesh. The shock ending will have your blood pumping and adrenaline going. Don't buy the over-hyped commercial garbage out there. Grab the UNCUT Anchor Bay DVD of this awesome display of Italian-made carnage. You will NOT be disappointed!

Rated: 9.5/10 because of the cool plot, the shock ending, and the bloody and graphic murder scenes.

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