Blood and Lace

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Blood and Lace
Directed by Philip Gilbert
Produced by Ed Carlin
Gil Lasky
Chase Mishkin (associate producer)
Written by Gil Lasky
Starring Gloria Grahame
Melody Patterson
Milton Selzer
Len Lesser
Vic Tayback
Dennis Christopher
Cinematography Paul Hipp
Edited by Marcus Tobias
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
17 March 1971
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget 200,000 $

Blood and Lace is a 1971 horror film directed by Philip Gilbert, starring Gloria Grahame, Melody Patterson, Len Lesser, and Milton Selzer.


After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage run by Mrs. Deere and her handyman. Taking an avid interest in her welfare is detective Calvin Carruthers. Taking almost no interest at all, is social worker Harold Mullins who is completely under Mrs. Deere's thumb. Lots of unpleasant surprises are in store for Ellie, not the least of which is the fact that Mrs. Deere and her handyman are both brutal sadists, who run the orphanage like a concentration camp and the strong possibility that her mother's hammer-wielding killer is now stalking her.