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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gloria Grahame ... Mrs. Deere

Melody Patterson ... Ellie Masters
Milton Selzer ... Harold 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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Referenced in Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) (V)See more »


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Little orphan Ellie, 31 January 2016
Author: Mr_Ectoplasma from Oregon

"Blood and Lace" (not to be confused with Bava's unrelated "Blood and Black Lace," though most likely a ripoff of that title) follows teenaged orphan Ellie Masters, whose prostitute mother has been clobbered to death with a hammer alongside a john in bed. When she arrives at Mrs. Deere's bizarre foster home, however, things go from bad to worse.

An indisputable oddball of the early seventies, "Blood and Lace" has the unique character of occupying the space of both a whacked out splatter film, as well as a demented familial drama with Freud written all over it. The film opens with a double hammer murder straight out of any B-slasher flick, but while you'd anticipate the unfolding of a slasher film from thereon, the film does something of the opposite.

Instead of opting for a straightforward slasher framework (which arguably didn't even exist at the time of this film's production), the narrative runs straight into an even more morbid situation at a foster home run by a strict sadist and her hired help. What is perhaps most striking about the film is the disparity between what the opening sets out to do, and what the film actually ends up doing; there is a strange lack of synchronicity between the two, but the hybrid nature is perhaps what makes the film memorable. The bulk of the picture unravels the twisted goings-on at Mrs. Deere's orphanage, and draws sparse links between them and Ellie's ordeal, which are never entirely fleshed out, yet the film never really demands enough of the audience for it to matter.

The cinematography in the film is surprisingly lush for being such a low budget picture, and there are some great scenes focused in and around the large, eerie foster home. Melody Patterson is likable as the tortured heroine, while Hollywood classic Gloria Grahame plays the sinister Mrs. Deere remarkably well. Vic Tayback is also fantastic as the investigator with a pressing interest in Ellie's case. The film's conclusion is implicatively disgusting, and there is an absolute resistance against any happy resolutions, but this falls in tone with the rest of the film in all its cynical glory.

Overall, "Blood and Lace" is a fine piece of early seventies sleaze. It's well-shot, well-acted, and in some ways sophisticated in spite of all its morally disreputable engagements. You may be surprised to find the film landed a PG rating in 1971, which is hard to believe given the sheer amount of wickedness inflicted on the underaged. Not a perfect film, but a fine example of lurid exploitative horror from days past. 7/10.

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