Black Dahlia (film)

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Black Dahlia
Ulli Lommel's Black Dahlia.jpg
DVD Release Cover (USA)
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Produced by Jeff Frentzen
Written by Ulli Lommel
Story by Ulli Lommel & Jeff Frentzen
Starring Elissa Dowling
Christopher Sutton
Christian Behm
Cinematography Bianco Pacelli
Edited by Xgin
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Black Dahlia is a 2006 United States production horror film inspired by the mysterious unsolved murder of the"Black Dahlia", Hollywood actress Elizabeth Short.[1] Instead of dramatizing the infamous 1947 murder of Short and the ensuing investigation, writer-director Ulli Lommel follows a series of contemporary L.A.-area homicides patterned after the 1947 slaying.

Lions Gate Entertainment distributes this film on DVD.[2]


In a brief prologue set in 1947, Elizabeth Short (Danielle Petty, as "Ivy Elfstrom") is murdered by an unseen assailant. In present-day Los Angeles, a "copycat" serial killer is dumping partially mutilated female bodies in an emulation of Elizabeth Short's murderer. Women answering an ad for a movie audition are systematically killed by Satan worshippers. One of the policemen becomes obsessed with the story of Elizabeth Short, researchs the original 40s murder online, and dreams about it. Eventually, he comes face-to-face with the killers.[3]

The film showcases four violent death sequences. The actresses whose characters are brutally killed are, in order of appearance, Lorielle New, Laura Leigh Hofrichter (as "Laura Leigh"), Crystal Nelson, and Jana Laurin.


Production of Ulli Lommel's Black Dahlia took place in Marina Del Rey, California and at the Lincoln Heights Jail. an abandoned jail site on N Avenue 19 in Los Angeles, California, in January 2006. The final shot was filmed in Venice, California at a house located on Victoria Avenue.

All of the scenes filmed in the Lincoln Heights Jail were completed in one day by director Ulli Lommel.

Three versions of Ulli Lommel's Black Dahlia were submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating. The first version, which ran 83 minutes, received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. A second edit, created by producer Jeff Frentzen in response to the MPAA's claims that the film was overly gory and violent, ran 80 minutes and also received an NC-17 rating. A third version, also edited by Frentzen, ran 77 minutes, with 7 minutes of extreme violence removed. That version also received an NC-17. The distributor, Lions Gate Entertainment, ultimately decided to release the 80 minute version on DVD, unrated.


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