Friday, April 27, 2012
BLOOD AND LACE 1971 (DVD-R)
One of the most notorious and hard to see horror films of the 70's, this gem concerns a young woman who is the probable target of the man who killed her mother and her lover by bashing their heads in with a hammer. That scene alone at the beginning of the film will forever stick in my mind and the minds of others who see this film. The young woman (Melody Patterson) is taken to an orphanage run by a very sadistic woman played by Gloria Grahame who enjoys torturing the young people she is supposed to care for. The cast is rounded out by Vic Tayback as a detective with a very unhealthy want of the young woman, Milton Selzer as the health inspector who turns a blind eye to the tortures in the orphanage, and Len Lessar are the creepy handyman. Hammer muders, amputations, frozen corpses, women talking to dead husbands and incest make this a total shocker that will not disappoint the viewer. The Director is Peter S. Gilbert and sadly this appears to be the only film he ever directed. He does have a flair for the camera and knows how to build to a stunning climax of the film. I Highly Recommend this film, and it must have a DVD release sometime soon.