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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
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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 »
Simply one of the best films of the Italian giallo genre and one of Lamberto Bava's best works!
Music composer retreats to a large villa to work on a score for a horror film. But once there, someone begins to violently murder the people around him.
Colorful, gory, and highly polished horror film never fails to intrigue and frighten! Bava gives the film such skillful touches in both atmosphere and camera work, all the while building mystery and tension in the film's engulfing plot. The mood is all the more enhanced by a mesmerizing and haunting music score. The films murder sequences are truly bloody and unforgettable, especially the infamous bathroom scene. It's a film only for the hard-core viewers.
The cast does a fairly good job, despite some occasional hokey dubbing. Dashing Andrea Occhipinti is perfect as our hero composer. Anny Papa plays off some humor as a movie director. Stanko Molnar, who starred in Bava's debut film Macabre (1980), appears as a care taker. The supporting cast is mainly made up of lovely young women, especially Naszinsky, who also give good performances.
For horror fans, A Blade in the Dark is a terrific work full of style. It is a true must-see!
*** 1/2 out of ****
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