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Blood and Lace (1971)

R | | Horror | 14 May 1971 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Philip S. Gilbert (as Philip Gilbert)

Writer:

Gil Lasky
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gloria Grahame ... Mrs. Deere
Melody Patterson ... Ellie Masters
Milton Selzer ... Harold Mullins
Len Lesser ... Tom Kredge
Vic Tayback ... Calvin Carruthers
Terri Messina ... Bunch
Ron Taft Ron Taft ... Walter (as Ronald Taft)
Dennis Christopher ... Pete
Peter Armstrong Peter Armstrong ... Ernest
Maggie Corey Maggie Corey ... Jennifer
Mary Strawberry Mary Strawberry ... Nurse
Louise Sherrill Louise Sherrill ... Edna Masters
Joe Durkin Joe Durkin ... Unidentified Man with Edna
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

SHOCK after SHOCK after SHOCK as DESIRE drives a bargain with MURDER! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blood Secret See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Around 8:30 when Carruthers is following Ellie on the road his car window changes from open to closed and open again during shots. See more »

Connections

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

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Not as bad or as good as some say....
10 December 2018 | by HUXLEYedwardsSee all my reviews

I give this a solid 7. Didn't see the film until it was released on BLURAY.

The print I saw was excellent, with decent sound. I have read various reviews all over the place.

For a movie supposedly made for $200,000 USD 1971 ($1,238,814.07 today) it is a stellar showcase of both creativity and using well held traditional production techniques, mixed in with really off the wall but effective tricks, some taken from other movies, some movies taken from this. The sound effects aren't as cheesy in most cases as I assumed since taken from older libraries, the crickets loop at the start were probably the most heard effect ever, have heard that in TV shows, movies and cartoons. The opening title , credits is a classic gothic german font, kinda cool. I was unfamiliar with Wranger Jane, but knowing the story of her career, this appears to be a bad turn in her history, degraded her. She is a presence on screen, but no match for someone like Vic Tayback (Calvin). The lighting at times is very flattering to her, and sometimes terrible. Her character's (Ellie Masters) entire back story is basically tragedy. I was surprised again with some production details like quality , but basic camera work, showing they probably hired union guys who have done a million TV shows. This does not look rookie, just lower budget. The actors chosen are great and are what hold this interesting 'prototype' slasher film together, but I find it more psychological than slasher.


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