A Blade in the Dark

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Strange events and disappearances plague a composer (Andrea Occhipinti) as he scores a horror film at an Italian villa.

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Critic Reviews for A Blade in the Dark

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  • There are real scares along the way ... and Bava shows an early mastery of tension. This film is a must for his fans, an interesting curiosity for others.

    November 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Considering how low the budget obviously was, Bava does a great job crafting a classic giallo mystery. The film may even have inspired Wes Craven's "Scream 3," which was also a horror movie about the making of a horror movie.

    August 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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    July 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for A Blade in the Dark

  • Oct 01, 2012
    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 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    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.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2011
    'A Blade in the Dark' is the best movie we have from Mario Bava's much less talented son, Lamberto. Not to worry as Michele Soavi ('Cemetery Man') is an associate director. The editing is so bad in this stylish giallo that without any hyperbolic falsity the entire movie could've been done better by the make-up artist, or the pool guy - it is a nice looking pool at the beautiful Italian villa. 'A Blade in the Dark' has much going for it for being a mere slasher: realistic gore, Italian women, shadows and odd angles, Italian women, memorable death scenes (one aftermath of a killing is so beautifully composed and bloody it's one of my favourite scenes in any giallo), Italian women, a claustrophobic atmosphere, and plenty of the women from Italy - it's seductive and sexy. A quality giallo with flaws that can be laughed off rather than losing a kidney from Aspirin abuse.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2011
    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.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer

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