Monday, February 28, 2011

A Blade in the Dark (1983)

a.k.a. La casa con la scala nel buio
"When the lights go out, the knife goes in."

Synopsis: A composer, working in isolation on a score for a horror movie meets two women who used to know his house's former tenant. When the women disappear, he's forced to look into the film he's working on to determine what happened to them, and who's responsible.

My Thoughts: A late-era giallo from Lamberto Bava (Demons, Demons 2), son of legendary Italian horror director Mario Bava (Black Sunday, Twitch of the Death Nerve). After you get past the fact that the lead actor is a dead ringer for Eric Foreman from "That 70's Show", you can actually sit back and enjoy this under-rated whodunnit?/slasher flick.

This would be a perfect pick for a movie night with friends. There's enough goofy characters and ridiculous dialog to keep the wise cracks flowing from beginning to end, especially on the English dubbed version. There's also plenty of cheesy mood music ...and even some much appreciated gore.

In the end, this turns out to be a pretty fun movie and would be a good place to start for someone who wants to get into watching giallo films.

My Rating: 6.5 / 10

Recommended. The dvd's going for under five bucks on, I might just have to add it to the collection.

"click here to see the trailer"

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