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A Blade in the Dark (1983)

La casa con la scala nel buio (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 6 August 1983 (Italy)
A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.

Director:

Lamberto Bava

Writers:

Dardano Sacchetti (story and screenplay), Elisa Briganti (story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Andrea Occhipinti ... Bruno
Anny Papa Anny Papa ... Sandra
Fabiola Toledo ... Angela
Michele Soavi ... Tony Rendina
Valeria Cavalli ... Katia (as Valéria Cavalli)
Stanko Molnar ... Giovanni
Lara Lamberti ... Julia (as Lara Naszinski)
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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. Written by Brian J. Wright <bjwright@acs.ucalgary.ca>

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When the lights go out, the knife goes in. See more »


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Trivia

A Blade in the Dark has a number of reoccurring motifs in its chilling music score: most notably the shrill note of a glass armonica whenever the box cutter or a knife appears on screen. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie the blade is seen cutting an adult magazine across the woman's right breast (from our point of view). Shortly afterwards when the composer examines the mysterious cuts in the magazine the slice marks appear across the left breast (from our point of view). See more »

Quotes

Bruno: Tennis balls?
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Alternate Versions

The 2001 UK release is 13.5 mins longer than previous version. The BBFC site says that 2mins of cuts have been restored and the rest is additional material See more »

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Bava is no Argento, but quite good all the same
12 August 2004 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

A music composer moves into a villa to try to get into the right mood to make a pulsating score to a horror movie. Things get awry when bodies begin piling up around him. Could these events have anything to do with the film the composer is working on?

This is the second feature by director Lamberto Bava and it's not as interesting as his debut Macabre. The film is very slow, it's horribly dubbed, badly acted and has far too many false alarms.

However, the film isn't all bad. It's got very creative and disturbing death scenes and really picks up in the final 15 minutes or so, with some nice touches of humor to go with the gore. Considering the fact that the film was shot in just about 2 weeks and was originally intended as a tv episode, it shows how creative Bava really was, having such a limited time schedule and a relatively low budget.

The mystery of the film (i.e. who's behind the killings) isn't hard to figure out. I would say that 9 out of 10 viewers (those familiar with the giallo genre anyway) would have the killer figured out half way through the film.

In my opinion, Bava is quite interesting a director, but he's no Argento. 5 out 10.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 August 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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