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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
This is a brilliant. I consider it to be a true masterpiece.
This is a dubbed Italian film but the acting is realy good. This film is like a whodunnit, only with good gore scenes, nothing over-the-top but more violent than most films take it. Tensely built up and a few moments that will make you jump.
If you watch 'Scream' then you will see how they stole a lot...
Published on 11 July 2004 by Mark Wayman

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite good.
A Blde in the Dark was directed by Lamberto Bava in 1983. The story is about a composer who has rented a villa to compose a movie score only to find all kinds of mysterious goings on including murder, women hiding in cupboards, all of which has something to do with the former occupant named Linda. While not the best giallo ever made it is good compared to some of the...
Published on 22 Oct 2008 by TimmyC


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 11 July 2004
This review is from: A Blade In The Dark [DVD] (DVD)
This is a brilliant. I consider it to be a true masterpiece.
This is a dubbed Italian film but the acting is realy good. This film is like a whodunnit, only with good gore scenes, nothing over-the-top but more violent than most films take it. Tensely built up and a few moments that will make you jump.
If you watch 'Scream' then you will see how they stole a lot of ideas from this film, seeing as how Kevin Williamson wrote that I'm not at all surprised.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite good., 22 Oct 2008
This review is from: A Blade In The Dark [DVD] (DVD)
A Blde in the Dark was directed by Lamberto Bava in 1983. The story is about a composer who has rented a villa to compose a movie score only to find all kinds of mysterious goings on including murder, women hiding in cupboards, all of which has something to do with the former occupant named Linda. While not the best giallo ever made it is good compared to some of the other late era giallos and the murders are well staged and quite graphic. One of the problems is that it is to long and it would be nice to have the 93 minute version on dvd one day.

Vipcos disc is one of their better efforts and contary to what some reffernce books like DVD Delirium say, the transfer IS 16:9 enhanced (1.77:1) (yes, really an anamorphic vipco dvd!) and looks fantastic. The audio sounds loud and clear. Sadly the disc has no meaningfull extras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Giallo, 21 Oct 2013
This review is from: A Blade In The Dark [DVD] (DVD)
A musician is writing a score for a horror film and he thinks people are getting murdered in the house he is staying in. This Giallo is a well plotted stylish suspenseful film that was banned in numerous countries due to the second murder, the bathroom scene is prolonged, very violent and nasty but incredibly well filmed. The first murder involves a Stanley knife slashing face, hands and neck. It is a long, frightening suspenseful scene and is a perfect example on how to use music and sound in film. The fourth murder involves being strangled by film reel. Theres some real classy images throughout the film, a ball bouncing against a wall, light shining from a blade of a knife. Lamberto Bava's directing style reminds me of a cross between Hitchcock, his father Mario and Argento, these influences can be seen throughout A Blade in the Dark.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tame horror offering with little shock value., 16 April 2002
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'A Blade in the Dark'. Firstly, some revealing home truths about this eerily titled effort. The majority of this sluggish flick takes place in broad daylight and the 'blade' is in actual fact a feeble cross between a blunt stanley knife and a nail file. That said, there are the occasional glimpses of genuine horror, but they are sadly outnumbered by countless shoddy moments. As with the majority of these Italien horror movies the acting is stereotypically desperate and the plot confusingly vague. This is to be expected, but what is lacking in substance is not made up by action or raw horror in this film. There is a modicum of a twist at the end, but even this was somewhat predictable. The rest of 'A Blade in the Dark' consists of strangers and strays visiting a man who lives alone in an appartment. Each is mutilated by the blade wielding stalker until the killers' identity is finally revealed.
As far as gore goes there isn't much to write home about, although the imfamous 'bathroom scene' is both bloody and brutal. Areas of unitentional comedy , typical of this branch of horror are fairly rife. They include the leading characters unbelievable coolness at the knowledge that a crazed attacker is somewhere in his residence. The tacky close ups of the killers pathetic weapon and more generally, the chronically mistimed English dubbing which really is poor.
For the true horror fan 'A Blade in the Dark'is worth viewing for it's few decent bits. But please, don't expect a classic and furthermore don't expect to be shocked.
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