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La casa con la scala nel buio (1983)

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.

Director:

Lamberto Bava

Writers:

Dardano Sacchetti (story and screenplay), Elisa Briganti (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Andrea Occhipinti ... Bruno
Anny Papa Anny Papa ... Sandra
Fabiola Toledo ... Angela
Michele Soavi ... Tony Rendina
Valéria Cavalli ... Katia
Stanko Molnar ... Giovanni
Lara Lamberti ... Julia (as Lara Naszinski)
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Storyline

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 <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the lights go out, the knife goes in.


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 August 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Blade in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Bruno: Tennis balls?
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Bravo for Bava!
1 October 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

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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