From the godfather of giallo Mario Bava, Blood and Black Lace is one of the most stylish of the Italian horror genre; it sets the colour scheme of giallo, the brutal close-up and lingering murders of pretty young things and dramatic plot.
A masked killer is stalking and killing young fashion models. All the victims work for one particular fashion company and as the body count rises – in inevitable giallo fashion – the police remain baffled. Who is the killer? What is their motive? (apart from killing beautiful fashion models). It’s all done in the most OTT but stunning way, as the camera lingers on the graphic murders but the aesthetic is still to DIE for darling.
Dario Argento popularised giallo in the 70s but he, of course, owes a lot to Bava. To understand giallo, this must be one of the films you check out. It’s entertaining and one to really ‘cosy up’ to during #Shocktober – turn the lights off, the sound up and revel in its beauty.
GORE RATING: 3/5
Watch it for: If you want to get into giallo, start here. Follow with Suspiria (1977)
Watch out for: The death by hot stove scene is really nasty
Next up…Dario Argento’s The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)