The Video Vacuum (thevideovacuum) wrote,
The Video Vacuum

A BLADE IN THE DARK (1983) ***

This entertaining slasher directed by Lamberto (Demons) Bava borrows heavily from Brian DePalma’s Blow Out (someone in the movie business solving a mystery), Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (transvestite killer) and the director’s father Mario Bava’s Shock (people are killed with an Exact-o knife).  The plot’s simple:  a film composer in an isolated house tries to find the killer of some hot chicks who swam in his pool.  The pacing is erratic and the hero is boring, but at least there’s some truly hilariously awful dialogue (“You‘re such a vacant nerd.  Your satisfaction is to sit like a frog in the sun!”) and excellent murder set pieces to keep you entertained.  The best scene is where a female victim is trapped behind chicken wire as the Exact-o blade slowly extends out to her.  The knife through the hand/asphyxiation and strangulation with film stock are memorable too.  The Exact-o POV shots have quite a kick to them as well.  Co-star Michele (The Gates of Hell) Soavi was also the assistant director and went on to direct the classic Cemetery Man.  
Tags: b, horror

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