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Plot: 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. Runtime: 110 mins Release Date: 06 Aug 1983
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 <more>
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 ****
i recently came across this film on DVD from the u.k, it was i Duoble Feature with another 80's horror "Spookies" was very disappointed with "spookies" as it has no plot line and was just plane bad, So i hoped that when i turned the disk over there would be a film that was good, A Blade in the dark, from beginning to the end it i could not keep my eyes of it, I particularly liked the whole atmosphere of the film, it reminded me so much of the film Tenebrae By Dario Argento. And in the first murder sequence where the girl gets her throat slit, and her head falls into <more>
the wire fence is also like another Argento movie Suspiria, when the girl gets her head pushed against the glass window , Anyways, back to Blade, it is a whodunit i honestly thought that at least three of the girls in the movie where the killers, and then the killer ends up being a guy!, If you are a fan of Tenebrae in particular you will love this film, but pretty much all horror movie lovers should give this gem a shot.
"A Blade in the Dark" is one of the best of the later entries in the giallo cannon.**SPOILERS**Bruno Andrea Occhipinti decides to rent a house in the countryside to work on the score for a new horror movie. The house is huge, and he has a great time wandering around, getting inspiration to compose new music. When his neighbor Katia Valeria Cavalli goes missing after seeing him one night, he's concerned about the former tenant who disappeared as well. When his girlfriend Julia, Lara Naszinsky shows up to spend time with him, Bruno starts investigating her disappearance, <more>
trying to solve it, which upsets Julia. As more disappearances occur around the house, Bruno tries harder to figure out the truth. When Anne, Anny Papa arrives to pick up the finished work for the film, they are all trapped inside with the killer.The Good News: Even though this is a late-era entry in the world of giallos, it's one of the better ones. It displays a lot of the stylish elements that made many of the early classics so memorable and compelling. We get a stylish killer, where we only get a small series of clues to his identity along the way, a great series of red herrings to play upon the viewer's deductive powers, and, off course, super-stylized shots. A shot that really impresses me was watching a woman wander into a pool, and we scene the whole thing from below the water level, looking up. Pretty creative, as was the murder scenes, which are typical of giallos. One in particular, where the victim first encounters the killer outside the house and through a series of escapes and chases, winds up being killed inside, is pretty effective. Particularly effective was the fact that the killer's shadow was used predominately in the scene, heightening the tension as it got closer and closer. The jump with the knife caps it off, and the bloody carcass that remains is a great cap on the events. It also played out in another areas, such as building suspense. The off-screen noises that we hear are masterfully delivered, especially the breathing that is heard during the climactic chase. That is undoubtedly the highlight, with a thrilling and suspense cat-and-mouse chase through the house that uses a wide manner of tactics to make it a real highlight: the lights strategically-timed that go off, the cutting off of escape routes, and finally a slow, carefully executed escape attempt through the interior. It's a really thrilling moment that culminates in a great jump that makes it particularly exciting. There is lots more to this as well.The Bad News: There is only one real complaint I have against the film: it's too overlong. At times, it seemed to include scenes that unnecessarily stretch out it's running time. The detective angle is well-played, but too many times it felt that it could've been trimmed and not harmed the movie or it's plot too much. This is the only real thing I have against it.The Final Verdict: It has some sequences that probably didn't need to be in here, this is a pretty great giallo. It features a lot of the techniques of the genre, and a lot more for others. All giallo and Italian horror movie fans should look into this one, and the more adventurous should as well.Rated UN/R: Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity and the off-screen death of a child
This movie was brilliantly directed by Lamberto Bava and stars Michele Soavi before he started directing .This movie is similar in style to Dario Argento's movies especially TENEBRAE and you can tell that Lamberto Bava was influenced alot by Argento.I really enjoy these type of movies they've always got realistic gore,a suspenseful story, excellent actors, beautiful women and a good mesmerizing score. So if you're in the mood for a good Giallo thriller rent A BLADE IN THE DARK.NOTE: Also other movies I recommend are TENEBRAE, DEEP RED and THE STENDHAL SYNDROME.
Very scary giallo (by sethputnam69)
Okay. A lot of the negative things that people have said about this movie are right on the money. The dubbing is HORRIBLE. To the point of nonsense. The "cockroach" scene is a bit odd. The plot and plot twists are at times predictable and cliche. Now the good parts about this giallo. Its f****** scary!!! Some of the slow stalk sequences and cat and mouse chases are absolutely nerve shattering. Lamberto Bava layed on the atmosphere double thick here. The violence is terrifying and brutally graphic. The score is without doubt the best I've heard in a giallo. And I've seen the <more>
Argento films and many others.Final analysis: Technically speaking its flawed, very flawed, but as a slasher/giallo/horror movie its atmospheric and scary. And my personaly favorite giallo. *** out of ****
A pleasingly gory and nasty giallo (by Woodyanders)
Handsome young music composer Bruno amiable Andrea Occhipinti secludes himself in an isolated villa so he can devise the score for an upcoming horror film. A vicious psycho starts brutally butchering assorted lovely young women in the immediate area. Bruno investigates the savage homicides in order to find out if the killings have something to do with the movie he's working on. Director Lamberto Bava creates a reasonable amount of tension, maintains a grim, brooding tone throughout and stages the shockingly gory and sadistic murder set pieces with effectively ferocious go-for-it flair <more>
the bathroom kill in particular is positively gut-wrenching . Moreover, there's a downright delectable bevy of beauteous ladies who are real easy on the eyes: Lara Naszinsky as Bruno's fetching blonde girlfriend Julia, Anny Papa as perky horror director Sandra, Valeria Cavalli as alluring neighbor Katia, and Fabiola Toledo as enticing brunette fox Angela Toledo has a much-appreciated gratuitous topless scene . Occhipinti makes for an engaging lead, with solid support from Michele Soavi as friendly real estate agent Tony and Stanko Molnar as creepy sleazeball handyman Giovanni. Both Gianlorenzo Battaglia's slick cinematography and the elegantly eerie score by Guida and Maurizo De Angelis likewise hit the satisfying spot. The killer's true identity is both genuinely surprising and admirably perverse. Good, gruesome fun.
An obvious rip-off, but great fun and Lamberto Bava's best film! (by The_Void)
Lamberto Bava may not have the awesome movie making talents of his father Mario, but all the same; he has directed a number of good genre flicks, and for my money; this Giallo is the best of them. The film takes obvious influence from Dario Argento's phenomenal eighties Giallo 'Tenebre' which Lamberto Bava had a hand in , as well as a certain other influential classic film that I can't name for fear of spoilers. The film was clearly made on a low budget as the cinematography looks cheap and most of the film takes place around just one location - but Lamberto doesn't let <more>
this hinder him, and that's a big credit to him as a director. The plot focuses on Bruno, a composer who goes to a secluded villa to work on a score for a horror movie. It's not long before he meets some women that used to know the person who was there before him, and it's not long after that the women begin to disappear! Naturally, Bruno decides to investigate the disappearances, and it's not long before he realises that they have something to do with the movie he's working on...Compared to other Lamberto Bava films, and other Giallo's, the body count here is rather low. However, every murder in the film is memorable, and that is largely thanks to the fact that they're all so brutal! The bathroom murder is somewhat notorious in its own right, and the film also features a couple of brutal knife slayings and someone being repeatedly bashed on the head with a spanner! The cast is made up of lesser known performers, though they all do their jobs well. Andrea Occhipinti is interesting enough in the lead role, and he is supported by a host of beautiful women, which is nice. The film also features a role for Michele Soavi; whom cult fans will recognise as another Argento-trained director. The central setting is well used and Bava manages to spring a foreboding atmosphere from the house and its grounds. The film also features a creepy sequence that involves some kids and a tennis ball that is liable to stick in the memory long after it's over. The conclusion is an obvious rip off of another film and it's just a bit silly too; but all the same, A Blade in the Dark is a fun little Giallo and I certainly recommend it.