An unscrupulous business operating under the guise of a top fashion house with exotic models running sexual favors, cocaine dealings and blackmail, becomes a murder scene after someone is pushed to the edge. The saga begins when a beautiful model is brutally murdered and her boyfriend, a known addict supplying her drugs, is suspected of the crime. But is he guilty or is someone waiting in the shadows setting him up?
Cast & Crew
- Mary Arden - Peggy Peyton
- Eva Bartok - Contessa Cristina Como
- Claude Dantes - Tao-Li
- Dante DiPaolo - Frank Sacalo
- Ariana Gorini - Nicole
- Lea Lander - Greta
- Cameron Mitchell - Max Marian
- Luciano Pigozzi - Cesar Losarre
- Thomas Reiner - Inspector Silvester
- Franco Ressel - Marquis Richard Morell
- Harriet White - Clarice
Reviews(see the best reviews)
It is 1964, somewhere in Italy, a world in which everyone has beehives for hairdos, cat eyes for maquillage, works in a palazzo and lives in a penthouse. But one of these fabulous creatures is a serial killer. Who kills fashion models, of course. Style as substance with lots of blood.
Full review: http://its-craptacular.blogspot.com/2012/01/blood-and-black-lace.html
Mario Bava's glistening movie cocktail of violence, vivid color and opulent settings wrote half the book on Italian giallo. They're films in which death isn't peaceful, but it is stylish, downright beautiful sometimes, every hue and shadow neatly arranged. Also, there's a murder mystery, but the murders themselves count more than the investigation. It begins when a fashion model gets sent down eternity's runway one night by a killer in a faceless mask. Then another gets her face turned into marinara sauce by a glove with knives in the palm and another gets barbecued on a red hot furnace. More carnage follows. Their connection: all of our dearly departed worked for Cameron Mitchell's modeling agency and most were after the first dead girl's diary. What's in it? We get a few hints, but it's not important. Bava's more busy shooting gorgeous shots of malevolent staircases, making mannequins look demonic and lighting scenes with sumptuous day-glo unreality. He's doing exactly what he should be doing.
Fifty years after its initial release, "Blood and Black Lace" still strikes the senses like a paper cut to the cerebral cortex. Later thrillers have gone further but Mario Bava's groundbreaking giallo was the first. While the plot is structured like a 1940's murder mystery, ultimately it's an anti-whodunit. Who done it? Who cares! It didn't really matter to Bava. He was too busy orchestrating a technicolor bloodbath of murder and mayhem, shocking, cold, and sadistic, yet strangely colorful...depraved yet aethetically dyanmic. Grand Guignol, Italian-style!
If it wasn't dubbed, I'd give 5 stars.
very amusing, prob more so if shorter.
Excellent. Style on top of style and a plot that works.
the dubbed version of this is hilarious. especially when the one of the guys goes crazy at about 45 minutes.
If you like 60's off beat Italian films and appreciate campy slasher pictures - this will be one you will enjoy.
It's beautifully shot and features some highly attractive talent, yet the story and plot is convoluted and weak.
60's Guingol thriller. Not as exciting as Argento and with less blood. C+
Fans of color, style, passion and action will not be disappointed by this gem. Everything about it carries it. Bravo!
Film Noir meets EXTREMELY bright Technicolor....didn't really work for me. :(
puhleezzz...one of Bava's stinkeroos!