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A Blade in the Dark

Italy 1983
produced by
Lamberto Bava for National Cinematografica, Dania Film
directed by Lamberto Bava
starring Andrea Occhipinti, Anny Papa, Fabiola Toledo, Michele Soavi, Valeria Cavalli, Stanko Molnar, Lara Naszinsky, Giovanni Frezza, Marco Vivio
written by Elisa Briganti, Dardano Sacchetti, music by Guido De Angelis, Maurizio De Angelis, special effects by Giovanni Corridori, assistant director: Michele Soavi

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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To compose the score for his director friend Sandra's (Anny Papa) horror film, Bruno (Andrea Occhipinti) rents a villa somewhere in the country from his friend Tony (Michele Soavi) - only to realize quite soon that some weird things are going on here, like two girls (Valeria Cavalli, Fabiola Toledo)paying him a visit, talking about a certain Linda, and then disappearing all of a sudden ... the audience knows of course they are murdered, but Bruno is left guessing until the very end.

Eventually, Bruno and Sandra try to find out what is really going on, and Sandra figures that Linda must be the same woman who gave her the inspiration for his film - but before she can get more specific, she is murdered too, and the final reel of the film, which should explain everything and which only Linda has seen is destroyed.

Ultimately, Linda strikes again, killing Bruno's girlfriend (Lara Naszinsky) as well before Bruno can kill her, making her run into her own knife - only to then find out that Linda is not a she at all but his friend Tony, who after a traumatic childhood experience feels the need to dress up as a woman every now and again and kill some pretty girls.

 

It's rather sad to see where the giallo has gone since its heyday in the early to mid-1970's: Gone are the visual excesses, replaced by TV-thriller aesthetics, and gone are inventive murderscenes replaced by in-your-face slashings. What has remained from the gialli of old is an overly constructed script, silly psychological explanations, and several nods to Hitchcock's Psycho. All of this does not make A Blade in the Dark a terrible film as such, just an average, impersonal psycho thriller that takes less time to forget than it takes to watch it - and that, I'm afraid to say, is not a terribly good thing.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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