A Blade in the Dark

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A Blade in the Dark
A Blade in the Dark poster.jpg
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed by Lamberto Bava
Produced by Lamberto Bava
Mino Loy (uncredited)
Luciano Martino (uncredited)
Written by Elisa Briganti
Dardano Sacchetti
Starring Andrea Occhipinti
Anny Papa
Fabiola Toledo
Michele Soavi
Valeria Cavalli
Music by Guido De Angelis
Maurizio De Angelis
Cinematography Gianlorenzo Battaglia
Edited by Lamberto Bava
National Cinematografica
Nuova Dania Cinematografica
Release dates
6 August 1983
Running time
110 minutes
Country Italy
Language English

A Blade in the Dark (Italian: La casa con la scala nel buio) is a 1983 Italian giallo film directed by Lamberto Bava.


Bruno, a composer, becomes involved in a series of murders of tenants who live in a villa. In a horror film Bruno is scoring a young child, taunted by cruel bullies, descends into a dark cellar after a bouncing tennis ball. The kids hear a scream and the ball bounces up to them, leaving bloody tracks on the wall. Sandra, Bruno's director, explains that her inspiration was the childhood of Linda, the villa's previous tenant.



The film was released three times on DVD in the United States. The first time in 2001 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.[1] The company subsequently re-released it in 2003 on a double feature DVD with Lamberto Bava's Macabre.[2] Both these versions are out of print. The third DVD release came from Blue Underground in 2007.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

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".[4]


  1. ^ "Blade In The Dark, A DVD @ DVD Empire". dvdempire.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blade In The Dark / Macabre (Drive-In Double Feature) DVD @ DVD Empire". dvdempire.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Blade In The Dark, A DVD @ DVD Empire". dvdempire.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Firsching, Robert. "A Blade in the Dark - Review - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 

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