Friday, October 13, 2017

Blood and Black Lace

Blood and Black Lace is a 1964 Mario Bava film starring Cameron Mitchell, both favorites of mine. An early and influential giallo film, it makes for interesting watching for that alone. The dubbing is odd. The music is wonderful. If you like this sub-genre you must see this!

Slant Magazine calls it "influential and still extraordinary".

Moria calls it "one of the essential films in the cult of Italian director Mario Bava". 1000 Misspent Hours says, "Even today, this movie has bite." DVD Talk calls it a "seminal masterpiece" and says, "Blood and Black Lace is a prototypical film worth owning for anyone who appreciates this subsect of film history."

Roger Ebert's site has an article addressing the film in light of the sexual politics of serial murder of women. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 85%.


  1. What I learned from this movie:
    1. Don't work for a fashion house.
    2. Don't keep a diary of deviant acts performed by the fashion house owner.
    3. Don't steal the diary from the diary owner.
    4. Don't get caught.
    5. In the end, no one wins (or lives).

    I SORT of enjoyed this one. It had its moments, that's for sure. Thanks for the review and the film.

    1. Ah, the lessons we learn from horror films. Like don't split up and don't go into basements lol. Bava is special :)

  2. It sounds like this was a very influential movie and template which inspired other directors 😁. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

    1. I had never heard of this and was glad to come across it.