'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.