A Blade in the Dark (1983)
Movie InfoThis mediocre giallo from director Lamberto Bava stars Andrea Occhipinti (Buio Omega) as Bruno, a composer who becomes involved in a frightening series of murders while staying at an isolated villa. The story opens on a scene in the horror film Bruno is scoring: a young child (Giovanni Frezza), taunted by cruel bullies, descends into a dark cellar after a bouncing tennis ball. The kids hear a scream and the ball bounces up to them, leaving bloody tracks on the wall. Pretty Sandra (Fabiola Toledo), Bruno's director, explains that her inspiration was the childhood of Linda, the villa's previous tenant, but there is something far more sinister going on. Anny Papa, Stanko Molnar, and Lara Naszinski co-star, while Bava makes an uncredited appearance as a director editing a film. … More
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The copy of this film I watched was English Dubbed which made it a negative point from the start. This is something that might have appeared at the Drive In or on 42nd street. Don't confuse this Bava with Mario Bava. Pretty much guess who the killer is 1/4 way into the movie, no suspense, no thrills, No Skin, and no Drama. 2 starsMore
A Blade in the Dark is the product of Mario Bava's son Lamberto Bava. The director has a few Italian classics under his belt, including this one, but I've never been particularly impressed with his work or anything. As far as thie film goes, I wouldn't say that it's one of the best giallos out there, but it does have a lot of atmosphere to it. The atrocious English dub makes it pretty much laughable at times but the plot isn't all that hard to follow. At times it's interesting, but other times boring and labored by a loathsome pace. Overall, a decent watch but not much of a classic.More
To begin with I was a real sap for liking all that commercial crap that the everyday world is being exposed to watching. That was until "A Blade In The Dark" caught my attention.
This was the first film that marked my entry towards Italian horror and what an entrance it was I might add.
The opening sequence is a real knockout not to mention dead scary (even the mere thought is enough to give me nightmares). The only con was the fact the acting was tad bit weak, but at the same time exceptional.
I won't spoil the ending though, but it could've been a slightly improved with a cat and mouse chase that concludes in a bit of a bloody showdown with hero and killer. The highlight in the film for me though was Lara Nazinsky, who plays Julia (the composer's girlfriend) what a firecracker she is.
Though not many would agree about this film being good, it was interesting to know that it was directed with little budget with many of the actors working for nothing and considering Lamberto Bava's credibility of being son of horror legend Mario Bava.
Tame Giallo from Lamberto Bava. Originally made for Italian TV so don't expect a gory sleaze-fest like New York Ripper or the technical flare of Argento's Tenebrae or Suspiria. It still gets the job done effectively enough with some good suspenseful moments and a decent surprise ending. It really is quite slow paced though and quite boring at times. Make sure you're fully awake when watching this or you may nod off.More
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