A Blade in the Dark

1983 [ITALIAN]

Action / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 37%
IMDb Rating 6 10 2896

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Reviewed by barrynewblood 7 / 10

Mario isn't the only Bava in town.

Frequently vicious with some excellent set pieces, A Blade in the Dark must be one of the better non-Argento giallos from the 80's. The story follows a young horror film composer who becomes a target for a deranged serial killer who doesn't want this film to come out. This killer also finds time to hack up anyone who comes to the house where the composer is working on the music, so there's plenty of fresh blood to be spilled.

The pace ebbs and flows here and there and it's hard to judge the acting since it's been dubbed into English, but A Blade in the Dark is worth watching for it's insane murder set pieces, including one particularly grisly hairwashing sequence that involves a hand and a very sharp kitchen knife.

A Blade in the Dark exists somewhere between the giallos on the 70's and the slashers of the 80's, but manages to find its sweet spot more often than not. I think Lamberto's father, Mario, would be very proud of his work in this.

Reviewed by Anonymous Andy (Minus_The_Beer) 8 / 10

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

As the son of the godfather of giallo, Mario Bava, director Lamberto Bava had a lot to live up to when he entered the film business as a horror movie director. Likewise, so did his second film, "A Blade in the Dark," coming on the heels of his undeniably strong debut effort, "Macabre." Despite a few misfires here and there, Bava's sophomore effort (mostly) cuts deep. Originally conceived as a four- part anthology TV series, the film has an unusual pace and generally off-beat vibe that may be off-putting to some viewers, but when the film gets going, it really knocks you off your feet (or couch?) with its prolonged and cruel death scenes and proto-meta plotting.

The film opens on two young boys -- who are as annoying as they are mean -- goading another boy to venture into a dark basement by incessantly chanting "You're a female!" at him. Sure enough, the kid takes the bait, and not long thereafter, a bloody tennis ball is thrust in the bullies' direction, sending them into a screaming frenzy. It's not the opening of the movie, per se, but the first scene of a new horror movie being scored by Bruno (Andrea Occhipinti), a film composer working alone in a rented villa that holds many mysteries. Among these mysteries are why beautiful women seemingly wander in and out, uninvited and unexpected, before succumbing to their grisly demises. Gee, a "No Trespassing" sign might suffice, no?

Bava milks the atmosphere for all its worth, turning a slightly padded plot into random bursts of pure shock. There are a couple of stalk scenes that walk a fine line between tense and patience- testing, but the payoff is almost always worth it. Likewise, there's enough mystery and intrigue to keep the whole thing from going off the rails. Perhaps a little tightening would make the film pop that much more (it badly needs 15 minutes or so shaved off), but "A Blade in the Dark" remains pretty darn razor sharp just the same. It's not the finest giallo with the name Bava attached, that's for sure, but it's definitely worth reaching into the dark for.

Reviewed by christopher-underwood 5 / 10

longest dragging of a body scene in cinema

There is much to enjoy in this film, not least the wild killings and surely the longest dragging of a body scene in cinema. The film is uneven, however, uneven in pace and in quality of scenes. I have just learned that this was originally intended as a four part TV series. This explains the stop, start nature of proceedings which would have made more sense with the movie plot up. Nevertheless there are some great moments and two of the most horrible and drawn out murders in giallo, its just that momentum is not maintained. It also doesn't help that the basement area of the villa used for filming is so vast with numerous rooms and closets, all a drab off white colour. Surely Lamberto's father would have had a field day here, cheering things up eerily with a full pallet of projected colours. Mario Bava would also have made sure that even if he was basically just showing a series of kills that we would be fully involved and feeling some concern and therefore horror as events pan out. So, some great moments but not a great film and for a film about a composer, the music wasn't particularly inspiring, maybe blame the 80s for that though!

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