A Blade in the Dark

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(House of the Dark Stairway)


Directed by:  Lamberto Bava

DVD Information
Anchor Bay
Back of Box:
Bruno (Andrea Occhipinti NEW YORK RIPPER) is hired to compose the music for a new horror movie and rents an isolated villa to concentrate on his work.  But when several beautiful young women are brutally murdered within the house, Bruno becomes obsessed with solving the savage crimes.  Is a clue to the killer's identity hidden within the film itself, or is there a more horrifying secret lurking deep in the dark?
Directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dardano Sacchetti, this Italian shocker caused controversy throughout Europe due to its scenes of excessive violence. A BLADE IN THE DARK has been transferred from original vault materials and is now presented completely uncut and uncensored.
Special Features:
  • Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Behind the Blade with Director Lamberto Bava and Writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Talent Bios

Rated:  Not Rated

Run Time:  104 Minutes 

Cast List
Andrea Occhipinti...Bruno
Anny Papa...Sandra
Fabiola Toledo...Angela
Michele Soavi...Tony Rendina
Valeria Cavalli...Katia
Stanko Molnar...Giovanni
Lara Naszinski...Julia
Giovanni Frezza...Little Blond Boy In Film (Uncredited)
Marco Vivio...Little Boy In Film #1 (Uncredited)
  • Filming Location(s)Rome, Lazio, Italy.
  • The Anchor Bay release of this film is the complete, uncut version (All gore included).
  • This film was originally filmed as a four-part, half-hour, suspense mini-series for Italian TV, one kill occurring at the end of each part.  It was turned into a theatrical release when TV networks rejected it for being too violent to air.
  • Bava, himself, called this film, "A parody of gore movies."
  • The opening sequence is a direct reference to Lamberto's favorite of his father's (Mario Bava) horror films, Kill, Baby...Kill!



Personal History

  • Bought this used and online.
  • Didn't really think the film was that good until my second viewing.

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