Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blood And Lace (1971)

4 / 5 Feb '10
Tagline: SHOCK after SHOCK after SHOCK as DESIRE drives a bargain with MURDER!
Directed by: Philip S. Gilbert
Written by: Gil Laskey
Actors include: Gloria Grahame, Melody Patterson, Milton Selzer
Genre: Horror
Length: 87 minutes
Banned: Nope

This was a rather unexpected treat (not to be confused with Sei donne per l'assassino [Blood and Black Lace]) though clearly a low budget experience. I think the soundtrack was really one of the most comical elements, it's pretty much made up from the free library that they must chose Bugs Bunny music from, wildly inappropriate from scene to scene but always free sounding. The violence was a perk, it starts out with the nice graphic hammering (using the claw end) of two people. Then flash forward to an orphanage (that happens to contain the world's oldest orphans), Ellie is our main character and we follow her as she arrives there as her parents were recently killed. Right from the start we are pretty much made aware that something isn't quite right with this orphanage...not only is it super strict but the woman and handyman running the place seem downright evil! They can't leave, it's full of really stupid rules and by all means...never run away! They even keep the runaways frozen to thaw out and stick in the infirmary when investigated. Even the ending must be seen to be believed! Considering this is a rarely mentioned film it's got a whole lot to offer that exploitation or horror fan nearest you...entertaining to say the least.

Availability:  Not on DVD yet sorry!

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