Blood & Black Lace (1964)

Mario Bava directs Eva Bartok, Ariana Gorini and Cameron Mitchell in this Italian giallo where a faceless killer is picking off a fashion house’s models one by one.

Early giallo and proto slasher. Bursting with vivid colour and buxom beauties. It never actually settles on a protagonist so it can be a little hard to care about the mystery. It essentially is a series of lurid set pieces. But there’s that playfulness with form that makes Bava’s movies unique. The credit sequence where the players are introduced in bright, ominous tableaux starts the film on a high that the murder and mayhem never truly matches.

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