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"Blood and Black Lace"


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Mario Bava's lurid stylish shocker- some of the best looking murders ever filmed- and that eye popping color- it looks as if Vincent Minelli had directed a slasher at Metro.

Don't understand why it was a "SciFi" movie per the introduction.  Watched about half of it, but found it boring.

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Yes, it is visually stunning - but it is also quite boring.

 

And, to be honest, due to the poor dubbing, I did not understand the plot.

 

Blood and Black Lace's place in horror history comes from it being an early example of the Giallo genre. Giallo is Italian for yellow, which, along with being associated as the "color of fear", was the color of cheap pulp novels very popular in Italy that dealt with murder mysteries, often with overly complicated plots, and heroes who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, often making them the chief suspect in the eyes of the authorities. The genre really took off in the 1970's, after Dario Argento's smash hit (in Europe, anyway) Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Most of the entries had animals in the title. Most featured gruesome murders, a killer dressed in black and whose identity was unknown until the final reel, and usually a half-dressed woman or three. The plots were notoriously muddled, and even nonsensical, and dubbing often made the confusion worse. Their appeal lies in the at-times amazing camera work, suspenseful use of music to build tension, and the elaborate murder sequences. These films are better enjoyed as a series of occasionally interesting scenes, but often the whole doesn't add up, and many times audiences will be left bored when a killing isn't occurring, and they're left somewhat baffled by the end.

 

Those interested can learn more here, as well as an exhaustive list of titles in the genre:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo

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Blood and Black Lace's place in horror history comes from it being an early example of the Giallo genre. Giallo is Italian for yellow, which, along with being associated as the "color of fear", was the color of cheap pulp novels very popular in Italy that dealt with murder mysteries, often with overly complicated plots, and heroes who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, often making them the chief suspect in the eyes of the authorities. The genre really took off in the 1970's, after Dario Argento's smash hit (in Europe, anyway) Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Most of the entries had animals in the title. Most featured gruesome murders, a killer dressed in black and whose identity was unknown until the final reel, and usually a half-dressed woman or three. The plots were notoriously muddled, and even nonsensical, and dubbing often made the confusion worse. Their appeal lies in the at-times amazing camera work, suspenseful use of music to build tension, and the elaborate murder sequences. These films are better enjoyed as a series of occasionally interesting scenes, but often the whole doesn't add up, and many times audiences will be left bored when a killing isn't occurring, and they're left somewhat baffled by the end.

 

Those interested can learn more here, as well as an exhaustive list of titles in the genre:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo

The one that I do admire, but only after seeing the uncut version years later on DVD, is Dario Argento's "Blood Red" with English actor, David Hemmings.

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The one that I do admire, but only after seeing the uncut version years later on DVD, is Dario Argento's "Blood Red" with English actor, David Hemmings.

 

It's Deep Red, and that's my favorite of the genre, too! There's some really strange, unsettling things in that movie, and Hemmings was excellent as the beleaguered hero trying to figure out what was going on.

 

 

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