A Blade in the Dark (1983)

A Blade in the Dark (1983)

A Blade in the Dark (1983)Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Raoul = 8 / 10;

A Blade in the Dark (1983) Synopsis:

A composer staying at a villa is stalked by a killer while trying to write a score for a horror movie.


A Blade in the Dark (1983) Review:

A Blade in the Dark is an Italian giallo, directed by one of my favourite Italian directors Lamberto Bava, the son of the legendary horror director Mario Bava who was a big influence to the giallo and slasher genre. A Blade in the Dark is one of Lamberto Bava’s best efforts as a director and my second favourite film from him, behind Demons.

The setting is pretty creepy and the atmosphere really intense, especially thanks to the loud music used when the killer is taunting his victims playing cat and mouse with them. The violence is graphic and quite gruesome, notably the bathroom scene. The final twist that reveals the killer is pretty good, and a bit of a mystery. You probably won’t see it coming, but they are hints in the film to who the killer might be.

Bava is no Argento, but fans of Lamberto Bava and the giallo genre will want to check this one out. Fans of Italian horror will be amused to see cameos from Michele Soavi, the guy who directed cult favourite Cemetery Man and slasher Stagefright Aquaris, and may recognize Giovanni Frezza (the blonde kid from Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery).


 A Blade in the Dark (1983)Cast:

Andrea OcchipintiAndrea OcchipintiBruno
Anny PapaAnny PapaSandra
Fabiola ToledoFabiola ToledoAngela
Michele SoaviMichele SoaviTony Rendina
Valéria CavalliValéria CavalliKatia
Stanko MolnarStanko MolnarGiovanni
Lara LambertiLara LambertiJulia (as Lara Naszinski)

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