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14 May 1971 (USA) See more »
Behind a veil of lace TERROR hides its face! See more »
After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Blood and sleaze See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gloria Grahame ... Mrs. Deere

Melody Patterson ... Ellie Masters
Milton Selzer ... Mr. Mullins

Len Lesser ... Tom Kredge

Vic Tayback ... Calvin Carruthers
Terri Messina ... Bunch
Ronald Taft ... Walter

Dennis Christopher ... Pete
Peter Armstrong ... Ernest
Maggie Corey ... Jennifer
Mary Strawberry ... Nurse
Louise Sherrill ... Edna Masters
Joe Durkin ... Unidentified Man with Edna

Directed by
Philip S. Gilbert  (as Philip Gilbert)
Writing credits
Gil Lasky (written by)

Produced by
Ed Carlin .... producer
Gil Lasky .... producer
Chase Mishkin .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Paul Hipp (director of photography)
Art Direction by
Lee Fischer 
Makeup Department
Dennis Marsh .... creative makeup
Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound re-recordist (as James Aicholtz)
Douglas Kennedy .... sound recordist
James Maura .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Eisman .... assistant camera (as Ric Eisman)
Jim Feazell .... electrician
Bob McVay .... key grip
Jean Pagliuso .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Marcus Tobias .... editorial assistant
Music Department
John Rens .... music editor
Other crew
Carol Littleton .... continuity
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Also Known As:
"The Blood Secret" - USA (alternative title)
"Dantela kai aima" - Greece (video title)
"Den blodiga hammaren" - Sweden
"Hielo sangriento" - Spain (video title)
"Il martello macchiato di sangue" - Italy
"Sangre y encaje" - Spain
"To mystiko tou parthenagogeiou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Visión sangrienta" - Spain
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Rated R for some violence
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | USA:R | USA:GP (certificate #22844)

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Film debut of Dennis Christopher.See more »
Continuity: Around 8:30 when Carruthers is following Ellie on the road his car window changes from open to closed and open again during shots.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Blood and sleaze, 26 September 2012
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

After her whore of a mother is murdered by a hammer-wielding nutjob, teen Ellie Masters is sent to live at the rural Deere Orphanage. She immediately begins plotting her getaway, as she wishes to track down the father she never knew. What she doesn't realize is that Mrs. Deere and her handyman, Tom Kredge, won't let anyone leave under any circumstances. If it comes down to murder, so be it. As she deals with this sadistic twosome, Ellie also realizes that she's being stalked by a masked creep with a claw hammer.

Often referred to as the sickest PG film ever, I had wanted to see this for years. After finally happening upon a VHS copy, I was disappointed when I quickly came to the realization that it was a cut print. The opening hammer murder wasn't as explicit as I'd heard, and the scene where Bunch seduces Walter in the barn was really chopped up. Thankfully, not only does the print on Netflix look incredible, but it's also fully intact. This is such a great, truly warped little nasty. The twists just keep on coming, getting sicker and more twisted as the film progresses. The ending is a real kick in the balls.

Gloria Grahame and Len Lesser own the film as the pair of crazies who will get those welfare checks at any cost. Melody Patterson is an arrogant bitch as Ellie, so I never felt much sympathy for her. Vic Tayback is the perverted detective who takes more than a passing interest in Ellie's predicament. His character made my skin crawl.

"Blood and Lace" is pure, untarnished nihilism on film. There's nary a sympathetic character in sight as the sleaze and melodrama run rampant. One also has to wonder if Wes Craven was inspired by this film's masked freak when he came up with the look of Freddy Krueger. The only thing I don't care for here is the music. It's overwrought in several places where something more subdued would have added to the overall effect. This is a gem that deserves a stronger reputation.

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