Blood and Lace (1971)





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A woman in charge of an orphanage uses any means necessary to maintain order. That includes murdering anyone who gets in her way.
R (for some violence)
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Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

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Gloria Grahame
as Mrs. Deere
Melody Patterson
as Ellie Masters
Milton Selzer
as Mr. Mullins
Ronald Taft
as Walter
Len Lesser
as Tom Kredge
Vic Tayback
as Calvin Carruthers
Maggie Corrie
as Jennifer
Louise Sherrill
as Edna Masters
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Critic Reviews for Blood and Lace

All Critics (3)

The supporting roster includes some familiar faces: Vic Tayback as a lecherous detective, Len Lesser as a lecherous handyman, and Dennis Christopher as a teenager who is decidedly not lecherous but does raid the fridge a lot.

Full Review… | November 28, 2015
Creative Loafing

"Blood and Lace" is pure trashy silliness, but its bonkers story curves do provide a certain oddball allure.

Full Review… | November 23, 2015

An awesome, unjustly unavailable early '70s horror film, ...This film's opening murder must have inspired John Carpenter, who filmed the first killing in Halloween in a similar way.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008

Audience Reviews for Blood and Lace

A giallo with a low body count that predates Black Christmas and Halloween for the opening POV tracking shot of the killer, Blood and Lace was an influential 1971 slasher picture. Under the harsh light of modern times, it's a clunky, plodding and altogether harebrained concoction with stock music from the Ed Wood films of yesteryear. The vantage point technique is shoddy though with the claw hammer (the murderer's weapon of choice) practically mounted to the lens as if the culprit was holding it right above his nose. Draining the film of nocturnal ambience is the high-key lighting scheme which would be more appropriate for The Mary Tyler Moore sitcom. With nary a shriek or pulverizing sound effects, the hammer deaths are tepid. Obviously the charred mask and red sweater were reconfigured for A Nightmare on Elm Street. But just because it was the template doesn't mean Wes Craven didn't substantially improve upon it. When Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is orphaned and incessantly reminded that she doesn't know the identity of her father, the plot twist is telegraphed miles ahead. Except the shockingly lurid incest-and-blocked-memories revelation ("Evil breeds evil honey") in the final moments can't scrub away the pure boredom of teenage angst with Ellie and her peers prattling about their absentee parents. The kernel behind a halfway house with decomposing runaways is a pulpy and could've been skin-crawling but it's comical putty in the maladroit hands of Philip S. Gilbert. All of the "orphans" are incontrovertibly played by 30-year-olds. In the Mommie Dearest role, Gloria Grahame is a slurring shrew but she lacks the combustibility although her soliloquies to her refrigerated husband are loony. This is not a treasure trove in the sands of time.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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Cheaply made and for the most part badly actor slasher flick is one of several pieces of junk Gloria Grahame unfortunately was reduced to making at the end of her career. The ending in particular is beyond stupid. Really scrapes the bottom of the barrel.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Blood and Lace would have been way more of a chore to get through if it didn't have Seinfeld's Uncle Leo as a maniac. Also Dennis Christopher looks like Thurston Moore to a T here. Some decent scenes including Uncle Leo chasing the kid with the cleaver.

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