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Wildly stylish, fun and engaging, if not perfect,
This review is from: Blood & Black Lace [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A great looking murder mystery that clearly laid the groundwork for later directors
(DePalma in particular), and has a fun macabre sense of humor to go with some
very effective tension.
Considered a masterpiece by many, I can't quite go there, with the bad dubbing,
some over the top acting, and a few silly twists. But that's not to say I didn't really enjoy it.
Someone is killing models at a high fashion house, and there are plenty
of suspects to go around.
Bava's use of color is wonderful, if not quite up to what he did in his own
`Whip and the Body', and there's also very effective use of shadows and
moving lights. Yes, many of those devices are now visual clichés, but
someone had to invent them, and Bava gets a lot of the credit.