Nisha Rathode (Editor)

A Blade in the Dark

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

3.8/5 Amazon

Genre  Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Director  Lamberto Bava
Initial DVD release  May 29, 2001
Country  Italy
A Blade in the Dark movie poster
Release date  6 August 1983
Writer  Elisa Briganti, Dardano Sacchetti
Music director  Maurizio De Angelis, Guido & Maurizio De Angelis
Cast  Andrea Occhipinti (Bruno), Anny Papa (Sandra), Fabiola Toledo (Angela), Michele Soavi (Tony Rendina), Valeria Cavalli (Katia), Stanko Molnar (Giovanni)
Similar movies  Bloody Moon, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Terror Train, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail
Tagline  When the lights go out, the knife goes in.

A blade in the dark 1983 trailer

A Blade in the Dark (Italian: La casa con la scala nel buio, 'The House with the Dark Staircase') is a 1983 Italian giallo film directed by Lamberto Bava. Originally planned for television, the film was made as a nearly two hour piece split into four parts which would end with a murder scene. After the film was found to be too gory for Italian television censors, it was re-edited to be a feature film.


A Blade in the Dark movie scenes

A blade in the dark trailer


A Blade in the Dark movie scenes

Bruno, a composer, is hired to do the soundtrack for an upcoming horror film, and to help him concentrate, he moves into a rented villa for a few weeks. Several of the tenants and neighbors are murdered by a razor-wielding slasher, and there is a weird next door neighbor who is a key suspect.


A Blade in the Dark httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediaen66eAB
  • Andrea Occhipinti as Bruno
  • Michele Soavi as Tony Rendina/Linda
  • Lara Lamberti as Julia (as Lara Naszinski)
  • Fabiola Toledo as Angela
  • Anny Papa as Sandra
  • Stanko Molnar as Giovanni
  • Valeria Cavalli as Katia
  • Giovanni Frezza as young boy in film clip
  • Lamberto Bava (cameo in editing room)
  • Production

    A Blade in the Dark Film Review A Blade in the Dark 1983 HNN

    Lamberto Bava was offered to direct A Blade in the Dark while he was assistant Dario Argento on Tenebrae (1982). The film was written by the husband and wife writing team of Dardano Sacchetti and Elisa Briganti. Bava and Sacchetti recalled that their collaboration was difficult, with the two being more friendly during the production of Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971), but their approach to this film was at odds with each other.

    A Blade in the Dark Film Review A Blade in the Dark 1983 HNN

    The film was initially commissioned to be made for Italian television by producer Mino Loy and have been aired in four 30 minute segments. Bava explained that his initial goal was to have a shocking murder at the end of each of these segments. Producer Luciano Martino provided his villa as a location for filming.


    A Blade in the Dark A Blade in the Dark 1983 Trailer in 1080p YouTube

    When the film was presented to the television censors, it was found to be too gory to be aired. Rather than edit the film, the producers instructed Bava to cut the film into a single feature. This led to the image shot on 16mm to be blown up to 35mm for theatrical distribution The film was released in Italy on August 6, 1983.

    A Blade in the Dark A Blade in the Dark 1983 MonsterHunter

    Troy Howarth in his book on giallo films described the English dubbing of the film as "some of the worst to be inflicted upon any giallo". The film was released three times on DVD in the United States. The first time in 2001 by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The company subsequently re-released it in 2003 on a double feature DVD with Lamberto Bava's Macabre. Both these versions are out of print. The third DVD release came from Blue Underground in 2007. It was released on Blu-ray for the first time by 88 Films on August 23, 2015.

    Critical reception

    A Blade in the Dark A Blade in The Dark 1983 BluRay Review UK Horror Scene

    AllMovie gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Lamberto Bava eschews complex mystery in favor of elaborate stalk-and-slash sequences, with only partial success".

    A Blade in the Dark A Blade In The Dark 1983 Guido Maurizio De Angelis YouTube
    A Blade in the Dark REVIEW A Blade In The Dark The Slaughtered Bird


    A Blade in the Dark Wikipedia
    A Blade in the Dark IMDbA Blade in the Dark Amazon.comA Blade in the Dark