When the lights go out, the knife goes in: A BLADE IN THE DARK review

Lamberto Bava’s second movie A Blade in the Dark is an awesome late-era entry in the giallo genre, a spooky whodunnit 1980’s movie about a badly dubbed composer (Andrea Occhipinti from Fulci’s The New York Ripper) who rents a large Italian villa while working on a horror movie score. Soon, however, his neighbours (who are all hot women) start disappearing, and he begins to think that the movie he’s working on has something to do with the mysterious events around him. A Blade in the Dark was originally filmed as a 4-part mini-series, but it was rejected for being too violent to air on TV. So it was turned into a theatrical movie instead. It may be technically flawed, and Lamberto Bava doesn’t have the talent of his brilliant father Mario Bava. Nobody does. But Lamberto has made a lot of good movies like Demons and Macabre, and I really enjoyed this 80’s giallo/slasher. The direction is atmospheric and similar in style to Argento’s Tenebrae. It’s not as good as Demons, but it’s a fun movie with some of the stylish elements that made many of the early gialli so memorable – including scary stalk sequences and a terrific score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis.

A Blade in the Dark
(“La casa con la scala nel buio”)
Release year: 1983
Country: Italy
Director: Lambero Bava
Stars: Andrea Occhipinti, Lara Naszinski (aka. Lamberti), Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo
Lamberto Bava's second movie A Blade in the Dark is an awesome late-era entry in the giallo genre, a spooky whodunnit 1980's movie about a badly dubbed composer (Andrea Occhipinti from Fulci's The New York Ripper) who rents a large Italian villa while working on a horror movie score. Soon, however, his neighbours (who are all hot women) start disappearing, and he begins to think that the movie he's working on has something to do with the mysterious events around him. A Blade in the Dark was originally filmed as a 4-part mini-series, but it was rejected for being too violent…

RCC Rating:

Style and coolness
Violent death
Story
Suspense and intensity

Great

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