Isaacs Picture Conclusions

GIALLORAMA! BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) THREE TOP HATS

HMMMMMMMMM…. so I ordered this up in the way that I do things, bored and full of beer, and when I got it I showed it to Mary and she said something like “OOOOO the 60s!!” and I thought “uh oh…”. I don’t have anything against the 60s except for fashion in general but, when it comes to movies and shit from that period, I can never really get into them, mostly because of the noises (sound effects and the voice quality – – – and the music). Well, I don’t back down from what I get myself in to so I did a little reading about this and the consensus I could find was “Best Giallo Ever!!!” and “The Father of Modern Slashers!!!” and “AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANYONE THAT LIKES FILM!!!” so I shrugged and thought it might not be too bad and went on in the other day. Honestly, this is probably a really good movie, especially for the time it came out, but the music and sound and voices completely irritated me the entire time. If I can get over myself, I thought the story was decent enough and the actresses were good looking in that pointy bra 60s way but being 1964 and society just now getting less uptight, this was very… “tame”…  the kills were off screen and there wasn’t much blood and there wasn’t anything “decadent” about it so I kind of thought it was pretty boring. I know a lot of people hold this in high regard but I   *shrug* just didn’t love it.

That person there is going around killing fashion models. The dubbed audio was kind of sketchy (but not too bad) but I think he’s killing them off to get some information written in a diary. Something about some debt and cocaine and an affair and such things, you know, all the things fashion models are all about. Affairs, drugs, embezzlement, loan sharking, etc., etc. The concept of the kills in this are kind of good – there’s a drowning and a stabbing, a good, old fashioned smack down and a burning and a shooting and a falling off the ledge when the downspout busts, but they are displayed pretty safely and I kind of missed the violence that gets displayed in later versions of this.

I really don’t have much else to say, really, which isn’t like me. This picture here is about as racy as it gets (during the big reveal) and then there’s the end. I read a lot about how a ton of people marveled at the director’s use of colors to illustrate what he was trying to get at, but I guess I just didn’t get what he was getting after because the color scheme, to me, reminded me more of an old Batman (Adam West style) episode and was kind of, well, not for me, I suppose. If you are looking to get into these things, I would totally recommend a bunch of others before this. But that’s just me.

9 comments

  1. You know what sound kills me in these old Euro movies? The footsteps. It doesn’t matter if the character is wearing hard-soled shoes, tap shoes, sneakers, or ballet shoes, it’s “Click, click, click, click, click.” Even on grass. It doesn’t ruin the film, but it does take me out of it.

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  2. Pickett Reardon

    “With the possible exception of Hitchcock, no director working in the sixties had more influence over the horror genre than Bava” (the dude that directed this) – Jason Zinoman from the book Shock Value –

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  3. Pickett Reardon

    and just for fun…here’s a snippet from the NY Times review back when it came out: “Murdering mannequins is sheer, wanton waste. And so is “Blood and Black Lace” the super-gory whodunit, which came out of Italy to land at neighborhood houses yesterday sporting stilted dubbed English dialogue, stark color and grammar-school histrionics.”

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