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Blood And Black Lace
Special Edition, 2-Disc Special Edition
DVD + Blu-ray
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SIX MODELS. SIX VICTIMS FOR A CRAZED MASKED KILLER.
The Cristian Haute Couture fashion house is a home to models... and backstabbing... and blackmail... and drug deals... and MURDER.
Having established a template for the giallo with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Mario Bava set about cementing its rules with Blood and Black Lace. In doing so he created one of the most influential films ever made an Italian classic that would spearhead the giallo genre, provide a prototype for the slasher movie, and have a huge effect on filmmakers as diverse as Dario Argento and Martin Scorsese.
Newly restored from the original camera negative and presented here in its original, uncut Italian form, this dual-format release allows fans to see Blood and Black Lace afresh and offers newcomers the ideal introduction to a major piece of cult filmmaking.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
One of Bava's most accomplished works, executed with a dazzling, unprecedented use of bright colors and deep shadows --Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
Few films are anywhere near as lovely as Mario Bava's Blood and Black Lace --Bryant Frazer, Deep Focus
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At the time this film was made, it might have seemed brutal and extreme. By today’s standards, it is quite tame. The best thing it has going for it is the cinematography (Ubaldo Terzano), the editing (Mario Serandrei), and the art direction. It is very stylish and stylized; a great use of color, light, and shadow. Most of the sets are made of graphic elements that photograph well. Each scene is exquisitely composed. But the story is a bit routine and the actors tend to be stiff and formal, which is only worsened through the dubbing process (lips flapping with nothing coming out while a brief response is made in a voice that doesn’t quite match the look of the actor speaking). Still, even so, regardless, there is something about this film that is quite compelling. At the time of its initial release, Blood and Black Lace was a box office failure. It has since picked up a following of supporters.
A fashion house in Italy becomes a slaughterhouse when the diary of one of the models is discovered. It seems that there is some unsavory material within the diary concerning the models. Everyone is after the diary, and in fact somebody even goes as far as to bump off a few people for the diary. Who will survive?
See folks, this is where the Italian giallo, the career of Dario Argento (my favorite Italian horror director), and the slasher film began. When I saw BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, I gained a new understanding of Italian horror and how cool it is. It's all right here: wild camera moves (achieved on a red wagon!), lighting in different colors (echoing EC Comics long before George Romero gave it a shot in CREEPSHOW and even before the first TALES FROM THE CRYPT movie in 1972), gorgeous but ill-fated women, psychosexually motivated mayhem, and of course truly awesome murder sequences! Yes indeed, we can all thank Mario Bava for the state of Italian horror in its heyday and for all those slasher movies that have come out recently because Mario Bava singlehandedly shaped the state of modern, non-Gothic/supernatural horror in just 90 minutes of murder and mayhem!
VCI's DVD is a testament to this movie's significance in horror history. The audio commentary by Bava expert Tim Lucas provides a treasure trove of trivia for Bava buffs and Italian horror fans alike! Best of all, the presentation is uncut and in widescreen, complete with the original opening title sequence (which was truly awesome and evocative) and restored murder sequences which are as cringe-worthy as anything Tom Savini could come up with! We have the American title sequence (courtesy of Filmation Studios, the animators of Fat Albert and He-Man) and French title sequence, and much, much more! A truly ground-breaking horror film, BLOOD AND BLACK LACE is a definite must-watch!