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Blood and Lace (1971)

R | | Horror | 14 May 1971 (USA)
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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 »


Philip S. Gilbert (as Philip Gilbert)


Gil Lasky





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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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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Behind a veil of lace TERROR hides its face! See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Mrs. Deere: I can see you're not used to discipline, Ellie.
Ellie Masters: Well - I've had my share.
Ellie Masters: I suppose things are always different when you are beautiful .. I can remember - oh yes; I was beautiful, once.
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Orphaned teen discovers horrible goings-on at an isolated foster home.
31 December 2000 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

A textbook example of the "so bad it's good" B horror movie that, unfortunately, shows up less and less in video stores and on cable. "Blood And Lace" concerns Ellie, the teenaged daughter of the town prostitute. When Ellie's mother is murdered with a hammer by a john, the teen is sent to an isolated group foster home presided over by psycho housemother Gloria Grahame and sadistic handyman Len Lesser. Escorted by sympathetic sheriff Vic Tayback, Ellie arrives at the home and soon realizes that all is not well. Not only does she believe that her mother's murderer is stalking her at the home, but she also discovers that Grahame metes out horribly cruel arbitary punishments--and worse--to the teens who get on her bad side(watch for the disturbing scene in which Grahame torments a hapless girl who is tied up in the attic for not folding her dinner napkin(!))It all ends in a shocking denouement in which virtually all the main characters' secrets are revealed--and not just old Gloria Grahame is revealed as a sicko! I first saw this flick on TV about 15 years ago on a local independant station out of eastern Tennessee on a late-night horror show. I missed the first few minutes with the titles and murder of Ellie's mom, so for a while I went around with the memory of this warped mind-melter in my skull and no title. I found it out a few years ago when I purchased a compilation tape of horror movie trailers from Something Weird video(why can't they re-release this sucker on tape? It's right up their alley!). There's so much to love about this film . . . it should be in the top ten of every lover of bad movies! A delectable blend of pyschodrama, bad acting, and gratuitous violence--a lost gem! Hard to believe that it got a GP rating, which at the time was the equivalent of PG. This rating was probably due to the lack of sex and language, but all the murder, dismemberment, and sadistic torture of the teen orphans should have merited and R. Still, it's a sick delight. Catch it if you get the chance. Another weird flick from that era and genre is "The Baby", which is readily available on video. This one concerns a social worker concerned about one of her cases, an adult man who wears diapers, lives in a playpen, and is treated like a baby--literally--by his boozy, harpie mother and kinky adult sisters! Things get creepy when the idealistic social worker plots to kidnap "Baby" and save him from his freaky family! And believe me, you won't see the ending coming! Watch both if you get the chance!

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14 May 1971 (USA) See more »

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